Anyone familiar with Maggie Nava will not be surprised that she is collecting socks and other much needed items for the people of Houston, TX and those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Nava is a very giving person who thinks nothing of filling her car with 800 pairs of socks for those in need. Now once she had the collection of new socks she wondered 'How do I get them there?'
Nava knew that God would find a way for her and she was happy to see that the Islamic Center of Yuba City was collecting much needed items for the people of Texas who have lost so much.
She explained that East Indian families in Yuba City are purchasing entire pallets of items and she observed one family spending $1,000 purchasing new clothes at Walmart as she made her purchases. Nava appreciates those who helped her in her drive, especially her former fellow employees at Winco who helped her out Saturday.
Anyone who would like to help the people of Texas can drop items off at the Islamic Center of Yuba City at 3636 Tierra Buena Road between 8 a.m., and 10 p.m., up until September 15 as the trucks will leave shortly after that.
Items can also be left at Bill's Market on Franklin Road across from Winco if the Islamic Center is closed.
"I just believe in paying it forward," Nava explained. Another explanation might be that Nava found herself in a similar life altering experience when she was just nine years old and her family's home burned in Wheatland.
"I will never forget the feeling I had when people delivered boxes of toys and clothing. It was like Christmas to us but humbling for my Mom," Nava explained.
Asked how she will feel when she sees large trucks delivering items to the Hurricane Harvey relief over the television and she immediately teared up.
Taking the initiative is just something that comes naturally to Nava. She heard everybody there had wet feet and she thought socks would be easy to send and it took off from there.
Nava collected over $2,000 for a friend who needed a kidney and spearheaded a craft fair last year for the Jr. Diabetes in Rotary Park. There will be a special walk held for Jr. Diabetes in October and Nava will be asking for monetary donations at that time.
If you could like to donate socks, diapers or non perishable food items please call Nava at 530-301-2024 or at the Islamic Center Abdul Bath 530-218-3397. Items can also be dropped off for Nava's drive to The Gridley Herald office, 650 Kentucky Street.
The request for donations from the Islamic Center to it's members posted online reads: pallets of water, canned goods, with most needed items: canned green vegetables, canned tomatoes, canned beans with no salt added, canned tuna, salmon, chicken and sardines, whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice and salt free seasonings.
Nava is grateful for everyone who donates, not just the people who donate bags of socks for men, women and children.
The food bank is unable to accept open packages, homemade food items, perishable foods, baby foods and items with expired dates.
"I am overwhelmed with the kindness of people offering to help me collect," Nava explained.