Tuesday, 04 October, 2005
20 Assu (Samvat 537 Nanakshahi)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—UNITED SIKHS volunteers along with Ram Singh and Amritpal Singh, two representatives from Fremont Gurdwara, California, found a relief center where some 6000 Rita evacuees were in dire need of emergency supplies. A truck-full of goods donated by the congregation of the Fremont Gurdwara, including blankets, pillows, hygiene products and food which took over 35 hours to arrive in Baton Rouge, were a welcome relief to the evacuees.
The Ward 7 Citizens Center in Chauvin, Louisiana serves as a distribution center for Chauvin and the neighboring towns of Duloc, Montegut, Isle de Jean. The center had just opened its doors for this effort when UNITED SIKHS discovered it.
Lou Carlos, Director of the Ward 7 Center said "We can not thank the Sikhs enough for their timely delivery of emergency supplies as we have an urgent need to distribute to families who have been left without anything but the clothes on their back."
The delivery to the Ward 7 shelter was the first assignment carried out to help the victims of Hurricane Rita, which pounded coastal Louisiana and Texas less than a month after the southwest was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The UNITED SIKHS command center set up in Dallas, Texas for Hurricane Rita relief located and coordinated the arrival of supplies to the areas ravished by the hurricane. Sikh families and other shelters have been contacted and their needs are being assessed.
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