Arab American Heritage Month Feature: Meet Ahmad Alwan of New York, New York
Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 16, 2020 in Blog
April is Arab American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re recognizing it by sharing a story each week of an Arab American hero on the frontline of community service in the fight against COVID-19.
Meet Ahmad Alwan of New York, New York.
Ahmad Alwan is a 20-year old New Yorker. He is an aspiring Pharmacy Technician. In his free time, Ahmad works at Lucky Candy, a convenience store his father, who immigrated to the United States from Yemen, has owned for more than a decade. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the United States, Ahmed created a TikTok challenge for his customers at Lucky Candy. Alwan offered his customers five seconds to grab anything off the shelves if they correctly answered a simple math equation. He even paid out of pocket for the goods given away.
Ahmad’s motivation for helping his community was simple, “All I wanted to do was to help people. It's a way to entertain and educate people in need while putting a smile on their face, too.” Ahmad even caught the attention of former president Barack Obama who said: “What a great example of citizenship, what each of us can do to make a difference for all of us.” We couldn’t agree more!
This is not Ahmad’s first act of public service. Before his Tiktok challenge went viral, Ahmad was offering free coffee, bananas, and muffins to people sleeping at the local train station, and extending his needy customers household food and goods on credit. As we commemorate Arab American Heritage Month this April at a time of unprecedented hardship and we confront the coronavirus pandemic, let’s remember and be inspired by Ahmad’s spirit of humanity and commitment to spreading cheer!