Bayarea Sikhs to partner with Glide Memorial Church to feed the hungry.

San Francisco Langar

On November 20, 2010 the Sikh community of the Bay Area, along with United Sikhs and Sikhcess will come together to celebrate the Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji  with a “Langar for Needy” at Glide Memorial in San Francisco. Guru Nanak Dev Ji introduced the concept of selfless communal service – seva and community kitchen (langar) – several hundred years ago. There could not be a better way to celebrate his birth anniversary than reaching out to those in need with his message of compassion.

United Sikhs is partnering with, Sikhcess, Fremont gurdwar Sahib Sangat, and Bay Area Sikh Community to celebrate Month of november as a Sikh awareness and Appreciation month and to celebrate the Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji   with a “Langar for the Needy” at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco on November 20, 2010.

For the Sikh community seva (selfless service) does not have a missionary objective. We serve humanity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion or caste. We do so without any expectation of a reward or return. We do not use it as a means to convert or coerce others into embracing Sikhism. We perform seva with the sole purpose of helping those in need. We do not judge those in need for their situation, and thank almighty for giving us an opportunity to serve.

Furthermore, given the unparalleled economic success of our community in several fields including business, IT, medicine, trucking and farming, this is an opportunity for us to reach out to the community and provide hot, healthy meals for those who cannot provide for themselves. By performing this seva of providing langar, we hope to give back to the community that has accepted us. With November designated as Sikh awareness month by the state of California, this event will provide us an opportunity to demonstrate Sikh principles in action.

Details of the Event are as follows:

Venue:  Glide Memorial Methodist Church, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Date: November 20, 2010

Time: 12:00 to 1:30

About Glide Memorial Church: It serves the homeless and needy community of San Francisco throughout the year and has offered the Sikh community several opportunities in past to do seva. This year too, they are very excited to have us and have insisted that we serve the same food that we serve in our langar traditionally. They have extended full support to us in order to make this a good experience for both our volunteers and for those who they serve.

We would like to encourage you to join us in this effort, to serve the community, and to help us raise awareness about Sikhism. You can participate by donating or volunteering for the langar. We are looking for volunteers to help us with cooking, transportation, and serving of the langar. We also need volunteers as designated drivers, ushers, and for cleaning before and after the langar. You can donate cash or food items.

We would like to encourage you to donate with open hearts to provide a hot meal for the hungry. We will provide volunteer hours for high school students and all cash donations are tax-deductible.

To donate or volunteer please call: (510) 299-7982 or (510) 872-5987.

Please join us in making this event a great success!

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Free Water for July 4th Parade spectators by Sikhs.

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On July 4th, 2010 in Fremont, CA a group of Sikh volunteers came together, like they have done for past several years to hand to out free cold water bottles to those who are waiting for parade in hot summer sun.

This volunteer effort is one of its kind and probably not replicated anywhere with in the United States. While on any other parade or fair, we can see vendors selling water, it is only in Fremont, CA that  we can see these volunteers walking up down the parade route, with carts full cold water. They will offer water to anyone who ask for it with smile.

They set up six tents along the parade route, where they filled up their carts, and then spread out to give the water. The banners on tents read “Sikhs: In selfless service to humanity”. For several hours they worked tirelessly in sun, reaching out to every hand that came out asking for the water bottle.

Water bottles they handed out were custom-made for July 4th. With United States flag as a watermark on the wrapper, it read “With best compliments from Sikh Community”. It also had some basic information about Sikhs written on it.

Sikhs also participated in the Parade with a float of their own. Man on the float was proudly dressed in the turban that had stars and stripes in it. All along the parade route, float was cheered with a big applause and a shout out  “Thank you Sikhs for Free Water”.

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