Good Morning to all- We were so blessed when Irma blew through Florida. We never lost power and had no damage at all to our home or land. But we were the lucky few and it is up to all of us the help those who need help. This I know but how to help? How do I get the help to the people who need it the most. The Red Cross and Fema help many but the people who live out side the city or on the fringes are not helped and right now they need it the most.
Now we have the awful earth quake in Mexico and the need is even more .
I want to introduce you to my daughter Shanti Kaur Kalsa. Some of you already know her by her birth name Becky Petts. She is a Sikh in New Mexico. I talked with her today and she told me what she was doing to help. They first raised money for the Red Cross in the Huston flood and as you know you have no control over how much of that money goes to the people and how much goes elsewhere. She did hear from some of the Sikhs in Texas and learned though the Red Cross was very important in aiding flood victims none of that aid went to helping the Sikhs that lived outside of the city. So when the hurricane hit Florida the group looked for other ways to help. There is a large Sikh community in Florida so the New Mexico group raised money and sent a group to Florida to tie in with the Florida community to get the help to the people who needed it. They got a food truck and headed for the Keys. They found a Baptist Church that had been destroyed. Many of the people could not get help from FEMA so were trying to rebuild and live as best as they could. The food truck set up camp right there, they got the food stoves working under a tent and started feeding the people so they could work on cleaning up and rebuilding. They feed all who come, not just Sikhs or Baptists but everyone who is hungry. They sill stay there and feed the workers for at least a month so the people can rebuild their lives but they do need funding to keep the food coming.
They are also sending funds to Mexico through the Sikhs that live there. This way the same type of work can be done there for the people who are outside the high profile area so they can do the most good and help the most people who need the help to rebuild. Here is their story, in their own words and a link to where you can help. I urge everyone to help.
http://www.crowdrise.com will get you to the home page then look for or search “Sikh dharma” for the site to donate. Thank you for your help and God Bless you. Carol Petts
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EARTHQUAKES IN MEXICO
The earthquake in Mexico City dealt all the citizens a heavy blow. Not only is everyone dealing with the death and destruction all around them, they are living with the uncertainty of the predicted aftershocks. This fear is a great pressure on the nervous system.
One of the 3HO sangat wrote, “The situation here is very bad. Many people are without homes and many more homes will have to be demolished. And even now, people are still trapped under collapsed buildings. Our school is closed and my apartment unsafe to live in. There is lots of fear and uncertainty and a general feeling of shock and emptiness.”
United Sikhs and the 3HO Sikhs are once again teaming up to provide relief in the face of disaster. Gurvinder Singh of United Sikhs-Sikh Aid, Siri Chand Singh of Sikh Dharma International and the Hari Simran Foundation are working to provide relief efforts on the ground. Joining with the sangat in Mexico City, plans are underway to provide langar in mobile food trucks to the more remote communities and villages around Mexico City who do not have easy access to support.
Join us in our efforts to provide a warm, cooked meal to those who need it most. The cost of a langar truck and food supplies are about $1000 per week, and we are hoping to operate this langar seva for about a month. All proceeds collected go directly to provide food and supplies to the affected areas.
Check back frequently for updates in Mexico City and our on-going efforts in the Florida Keys. Sat Nam
95 % of the buildings in the Florida Keys area were damaged in Hurricane Irma.
View drone footage of the damage of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.
Even though this devastating hurricane is over, the huge project of cleaning up the destruction and repairing homes and businesses has begun. This effort will take months. United Sikhs is providing food, water, supplies and volunteers to help the people of Florida rebuild their homes.
To help with their efforts, we have sent members of our community to assist the work of United Sikhs. Much more is needed to continue to provide food and supplies for this rebuilding effort. Please join us in helping our fellow human beings in putting their lives back together after this destruction to their homes and their communities.
Blessings to All!
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
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