Annual Food and Clothes Drive

Annual Food and Clothes Drive

Guru Puja Divas is a very auspicious occasion for all the followers of the Sant Nirankari Mission. Saints look forward to celebrating this occasion as it marks the birthday of our beloved Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj. Special programs and celebrations are held all over the world to seek blessings from His Holiness on this special day.

The Sant Nirankari Mandal in Canada organized their Annual Food and Clothes Drive to celebrate the day. The drive was a national undertaking and the food and clothing was donated to the different branches of the Salvation Army, a non-governmental group providing social services in Canada. The representatives from Salvation Army appreciated Sant Nirankari Mission for the large volume of donations. It was almost double from the last year when this initiative was first started as per the blessings from His Holiness.

In Toronto, with the blessings a food and clothing drive was organized in the month of February. This year the members of Toronto congregation donated more than 10,000 pounds of food items and clothes. There was great enthusiasm among saints from all age groups. They spent countless hours sorting out and packing the items collected during last couple of weeks. In his letter to the Toronto Sant Nirankari Mission, Gordon Randal, supervisor for The Salvation Army Brampton Family and Community Services, thanked the generous donation made by the members of the mission. He further thanked the sewadal for their assistance in loading the food and clothing in a quick and coordinated effort.

Other centers around Canada also engaged in the drive with devotion and dedication. In Vancouver, all the saints donated food items with open hearts and over 300 items were collected. With many thanks, Major Ken Ritson a representative from the Salvation Army came to the Nirankari Satsang Bhawan to pick up the donated items. In Mission/Abbotsford branch of Sant Nirankari Mission members made all efforts to collect the food for the drive. On February 27, 2010 Mr. Michael of Salvation Army came to the congregation to collect the food. He thanked the efforts made by Sant Nirankari Mission for the service to humanity being done. Their efforts produced 600 pounds of food for the collection. Edmonton and Montreal branches also held food and clothing drives at their respecting bhawans.

Montreal Sadh Sangat generously donated food and clothing to the victims of the Haiti Earthquake disaster. With over 85% of the Canadian Haitian population residing in Montreal, it was decided to donate food and clothing to the local Haitian community, who will in turn donate the food and clothing to victims of the earthquake. Over 75 boxes of food and clothing was donated to the Haitian Community Center. The center was very touched by the saints show of love, generosity, enthusiasm and commitment to helping their community in their time of need.

On March 7, 2010, with the Divine blessings of His Holiness the Calgary Branch of the Sant Nirankari Mission also donated non-perishable food items to Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Additionally, the saints also donated $1100.00 to purchase non-perishable food items. The food industry coordinator of Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Heidi Lambi, was very impressed with the collection and grateful for the donation. She also shared ideas with the saints on how they can collect on a larger scale within the city in upcoming years. Furthermore, the saints were invited to visit the interfaith food bank and the saints were given a guided tour on how the packaging is done and what procedures they follow. They offered the younger saints a tour which helped them understand what happens next after the food is donated.

In one way this national effort was also a continuation of the spirit of giving from last month when saints contributed very generously to the relief fund for the earthquake victims in Haiti. This truly reflects the values that our mission stands for such as love, kindness and service to mankind.

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