New Delhi. Southern California Indian American motelier Pravin Patel, the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and SEWA USA on May 22 partnered a massive grocery donation drive wherein several thousand pounds of goods were given away. The beneficiaries were the Riverside Gurudwara, Santa Ana Gurdwara, Gurdwara Buena Park and those in need from the cities of Artesia, La Palma and Cerritos.
The event saw the donations of 5,000 pounds of rice; 1,500 pounds of pulses; 600 pounds of beans, 10,000 tortillas, 1,700 pounds of potatoes and onions, 100 pounds of sugar; and several hundred cans, bottles and boxes of pasta, tomato sauce, cereal, orange juice, ketchup, oil and salt.
The event, held on an empty lot on Pioneer Boulevard, began with Bharat Shastri of Radha Krishna Temple, Norwalk chanting shlokas and emphasizing the importance of service. Present were Mayor Naresh Solanki of Cerritos, a representative from Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office, and the Pro Tem mayors of Artesia and La Palma, Rene Trevino and Nitesh Patel, respectively. Deepak Jhaveri of Radha Krishna Temple called on each of them to make brief remarks.
Dr. Amit Desai of HSS spoke of the aims of his organization and Sewa International, reminding everyone of the Sanatan tradition, “Seva Paramo Dharma.” He also remembered the teachings of the Sikh gurus, expressed continued willingness to work with the gurudwaras and applauded their service of providing food to those needing it the most.
He thanked Patel for his generosity and told that Patel had opened his heart and pocket to help the needy from the time the corona virus began its rampage. For two months now, he has been unwaveringly helping hundreds of families. He is also providing lodging and boarding to five stranded students and tourists from India in his hotel in Long Beach at the request of Sewa and HSS.
Several organizations sent a representative each to the donation drive as a show of support. They were: Swaminarayan Temple, Norwalk (ISSO); Sri Panchmukha Hanuman Temple, Torrance; Jain Center, Buena Park; JAINA; Shreeji Haveli Temple, Downey; and New Life Church, Artesia.
4,000 masks donated to Fulton County Jail
Fulton County Jail received more than 4,000 masks, Thursday, for protection from the coronavirus.
Kartik Bhatt and members of the community non-profit Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh donated the masks Bhatt is a member of the Georgia Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts. In a statement on the mask donation, Flanagan said Bhatt was also catering a luncheon featuring Indian cuisine to show appreciation for “front line heroes” at the jail..