Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli last week praised the New Haven Islamic Center on Bull Hill Road for a \u201cgenerous\u201d $1,000 donation to the town\u2019s food bank. But M. Asaf Sheikh, president of the center\u2019s Board of Trustees, said it\u2019s all a part of the spirit of Islam to \u201ctake care of neighbors.\u201d He said there is a saying that\u2019s part of the religion that he translated to say: \u201cIf our neighbors are sleeping hungry we should not go to sleep unless they are fed.\u201d Sheikh said the donation came about after the center\u2019s Imam Bachir Djehiche and others from the center attended an inter-faith Thanksgiving service at Or Shalom synagogue. It was \u201cwonderful\u201d service, Sheikh said, and at the end, Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus announced they were taking a collection for the local food bank, as usual. Sheikh said the Islamic Center was not prepared with cash or check because they didn\u2019t know about the collection, so they met on the issue upon returning to the center and decided to give $1,000. \u201cThe size (of the donation) is because we realize this isn\u2019t just for Thanksgiving,\u201d he said, \u201cBut after Thanksgiving people are still hungry.\u201d He said the Islamic Center hopes to get involved volunteering at the local pantry and is also active with a food pantry in New Haven. New Haven Islamic Center member Dr. Amir Mohammed is Health director in Orange. Zeoli said through a press release the donation is \u201cIn the spirit of holidays,\u201d and that he was \u201chumbled by this donation and is grateful to the New Haven Islamic Center for their thoughtfulness.\u201d \u201cMany residents in need will benefit from their kind gift,\u201d he said.