Fourteenth chapter of Sai Satcharitra explains the importance of Charity. Baba has advised his devotees and followers to lead a moral life, help needy, love every living being without any discrimination.
NFSS: Baba temple Volunteers started working closely with the local food pantries around Mason , OH and started providing food and supplies to the needy on weekly basis. No one should go – hungry during the COVID-19 was the purpose of this group – With School closures, job disruptions, lot of people will turn to food banks for support and the group started working closely with local organizations to support the needy families. In the last one month under various initiatives, your Temple made a difference touching more than 2000 people in the community. Some of the Key highlights:
- Weekly once groceries are supplied to the food pantries around Mason, OH -Joshua’s Place , Mason Food Pantry, Life Church Food Pantry, Kings Mill Food Pantry, Reach Out Lakota, Fairfield Church of God for redistribution to the needy. We hope this food will not only meet physical needs but that it will also feed the souls of those who receive it and offer hope in this difficult time.
- Weekly lunch and/or breakfast deliveries to about 100 of the medical staff working in the Emergencies of University of Cincinnati Main Hospital, UC West Chester Hospital and Jewish Hospitals.
- Around 2000 masks delivered to local Temples, Shelter homes, Mason city, YMCA , VA Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
Kids Backpack program – Western Row Elementary school collects food donations to support their Reach Out Backpack programs which provides weekend food for several of their needy students. SSTGC supports this noble cause by providing school supplies and monthly food supplies to the school.
Matthew 25: Ministries has placed a donation bin at the temple premises to collect clothes. These goods are processed at Processing Center in Cincinnati and sent to the poorest of the poor and disaster victims throughout the United States and around the world. More information is available on their website
Apna Sapna Club: Indian Seniors meet on second Tuesday of every month from 11am to 2pm in Temple Dinning Hall. Seniors look forward to an afternoon of laughter and fun which the element of age-appropriate games bring along.
Free Medical Camp – Health Camp held on August 13th was a huge success with around 70 people participating both in Health tests and Health talks. We offered free testing (for BP, Cholesterol and glucose) and free medical consultations.
Hurricane Relief Fund – Donated $1200 (20% of Net) from Sai Utsav to Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims. Walmart matched our donation.
Homeless Shelter – Cook and serve one meal on a weekend once a month.