630K kilos of meals donation, benefiting 200+ organizations from 32 states, together with meals pantries, homeless shelters, worship homes, & colleges throughout the US.
NEW JERSEY — Sewa Diwali, a big meals drive organized by Dharmic communities throughout the nation, donated over 630,000 kilos of meals within the U.S. this 12 months, benefiting over 200 organizations from 32 states, together with meals pantries, homeless shelters, worship homes, and colleges. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS) volunteers enthusiastically coordinated these efforts regionally and nationally.
This 12 months’s Sewa Diwali noticed lively and spirited participation from Sikh Gurudwaras, Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist temples, Yogic organizations, Interfaith organizations, Indian American cultural and linguistic associations, and hundreds of households and people everywhere in the land. A number of dharmic organizations equivalent to BAPS, Chinmaya Mission, Arya Samaj, Samskrita Bharati USA, and Sewa Worldwide collected meals amongst their supporters.
Aimed toward fostering togetherness and selling the idea of Sewa (selfless giving), Sewa Diwali offers a platform for Dharmic and Indic communities to arrange meals drives throughout Diwali. Beginning in October to mark the celebrations of Diwali, the Dharmic Pageant of Lights, the drive runs by way of the tip of November. Sewa Diwali prolonged to greater than 200 Cities and cities in 2022, its fifth consecutive 12 months. Since its inception in 2018, the Sewa Diwali undertaking has donated near 1.5 Million kilos of meals nationwide.
Sewa performs an important function in a person’s life from a dharmic custom. For instance, all dharmic communities consider within the precept ‘parÅpakÄrÄrtham idam sharÄ«ram’ (Sanskrit: “broadly that means an individual lives to serve others selflessly”). Pam Bozano, the Web site Director of Nobel Prep for the Boys and Women Membership at Stonybrook Center Faculty, IN, thanked SewaDiwali for its beneficiant donation. She mentioned, “There’s a large meals disparity on this neighborhood. So we’re very grateful and appreciative that this donation advantages our children and their households in the course of the vacation season.”
The Plano Texas Police Division appreciated SewaDiwali of their Fb posting: “It was a blessing to see the overwhelming participation from all corners of the DFW [Dallas-Fort Worth] space, with a number of communities and Hindu American organizations collaborating on this Sewa exercise.” The Plano Police division labored with SewaDiwali to move 27,892 lbs. of meals on the North Texas Meals Financial institution.
Sewa Diwali, Nationwide Coordinator Anil Kothari mentioned, “In its fifth 12 months now, SewaDiwali continues to convey folks nearer collectively for “common good.” The enlightening spirit of Diwali shone forth to convey mild into the lives of the needy, due to our benefactor companions, communities, and people everywhere in the nation! We’re delighted that Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and different Dharmic communities of America got here collectively once more to serve society by way of meals donation.”
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA
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