Posted by: Dawud Israel | August 26, 2008

Timbits Dawah for Project Downtown


Some of you may be aware of Project Downtown also known as Feed the Streets. It’s a simple idea that MSAs have taken up throughout North America.

A bunch of Muslims contribute a bit of money each, purchase some groceries and make lunches for the homeless. And then they go out and distribute them to the poor. The times I have gone out it’s simple brown bag lunches with: salami sandwich, fruit, granola bar and a water bottle. And then there is a little note that says from your local Muslim community.

Sometimes people change it up to give more elaborate meals such as pasta or samosas. Now I wanted to change it up a little. For those more celebratory times I thought it would be a nice idea to give them a sweet treat.

And in Canada there is nothing sweeter than Tim Horton’s (AKA Timmies)! Their Timbits are cheap (about 2 dollars) and have 10, 20 or 40 mini donuts depending on the size, something that would do good for a group of poor people as they tend to gather together and hang out with each other.

Here it is how it goes, at the bottom of the box there is a little note (made to fit) that they discover after eating away all the donuts. Nice designs and a little point on the importance of taking care of the hungry in Islam.

Now, I haven’t posted mine up because…it’s meant more to be something YOU are supposed to do and introduce to YOUR community! Get involved with the social welfare programs in your community, find out where the poor are and if possible tell your MSA you want to run this under their umbrella. If working with the MSA isn’t possible, than start it up on your own with a bunch of friends! People usually do Feed the Streets once a month so it’s regular and eventually you become a neighbor face.

For the Timbits Note, every design is usually different since every MSA is usually different and this is one of those things that you can do in just a few minutes by hand so I won’t be posting up my image.

For starters, I’ll throw this out there: the Timbits 20-pack box is 19.5 cm by 10.3 cm so fit your note to that.

Have fun! đŸ™‚

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. As someone who used to live in Ottawa, all I can say is that the US is seriously deprived on the awesomeness known as Timmies.

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