September 13, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Texas, USA: As the waters recede, Texas residents are returning to flooded homes, contaminated water and countless stories of unimaginable loss. But amid reports of heartache and destruction, powerful illustrations of solidarity and kindness have emerged.
Volunteers of Sikh humanitarian aid groups have teamed up with local communities to showcase the power of humanity.
Am update by the United Sikhs state that the volunteers of the NGO have donated 20 truckloads of sheet rock, nails and other cleaning materials to the League City Police Department in League City, Texas. These materials will be used to repair and rebuild their homes.
“We’d like to send a special thanks to Gurdwara Singh Sabha Renton, Sacha Marg Auburn, Sikh Center Of Bothell and Gurdwara Marisville,” Jatinder Singh, National Director for United Sikhs Aid said. “Also to all volunteers especially Amandeep Singh and Paul Singh who came all the way from Seattle to lead in the delivery to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, we are grateful for your service.”
Harvey has undoubtedly been the worst Texas storm in more than half a century, but it has brought out the best in many communities – near and far. Volunteers (many of whom have families and full time jobs) took time off from their busy lives to help complete strangers.
Sikh volunteers served langar (hot meals) to more than 2,500 people in just one weekend. They’ve provided boxes of clothing, water, personal hygiene kits, food and other goods to storm victims.
Maninder “Sunny” Singh who lost his transportation business because of his vehicles getting overcome by flooding but he has remarkably turned to helping others despite his ordeal.
“We know it’s going to be a long road to recovery, as many as 450,000 people still do not have safe drinking water. It’s a work in progress but we believe we are called to a duty of compassion and responsibility to help our fellow brothers and sisters in their time of need,” one volunteer, based at United Sikhs’ camp-the Sikh National Center, said.