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Give Back to America!

Persian Thanks is a PAAIA program that embraces American culture--Persian style. Starting in 2011, we began mobilizing PAAIA Chapters nationwide to donate cash and take canned foods, clothing, and hygiene items to homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day--or on any day during the week--and hope that "Persian Thanks Week" will become an Iranian American tradition. To do good as a community on this most American of American holidays is our way of showing that we are grateful to have a home away from our ancestral homeland, that we care, and that we want to share our cultural heritage with our fellow Americans.



If you are an individual, you can join a team at your local PAAIA Chapter. You can contact shelters in your area to arrange for food delivery, or solicit grocery stores and restaurants to donate food; you can help if you’re a good cook, or if you can drive, or if you can write about the event, before, during or after. To join a team, please click here to contact your local Chapter and volunteer to give back to America!

If you own a restaurant or a grocery store and would like to donate food to Persian Thanks, or if you are a media agency and would like to help publicize the project gratis, please contact

All cash and in-kind donations to Persian Thanks are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.