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Press Release: 13th February 2007, 2nd Phagan 538 Nanakshahi

UNITED SIKHS Mobilizes Relief Efforts in Florida

Lady Lake, Florida: The UNITED SIKHS AID team has started relief operations in the Lady Lake area. in response to the deadly tornado of Feb 2nd , that ripped central Florida killing 20 people and damaging hundreds of houses. The tornado devastated a large area of around 20 square miles, blew trees, ripped houses roof and threw mobile houses off their foundations, leaving thousands without power.

The UNITED SIKHS AID relief team, after doing the initial survey, visited The Lady Lake Church of God on Hwy 441 that was turned into rubble by the tornado. Pastor Lary Lynn shared his emotions on the deadly impact of the tornado, “I got a call from a church member saying – ‘pray for us, everything has been destroyed’. I don’t know how it happened, but the 150 miles/hr wind just devastated the thirty-one year old church”. The Pastor welcomed and thanked UNITED SIKHS for the help. He added that it would take 1 ½ yrs to rebuild the church.

Volunteers Cleaning the Church Debris   

“Jasbir Singh, the president of the Sikh Society of Central Florida, Orlando, has pledged support for our relief efforts,” said Kuldip Singh, UNITED SIKHS AID director who is heading the relief efforts in central Florida. The devastated area of Lady Lake is about 70-80 miles from the nearest Sikh Gurdwara. The UNITED SIKHS AID team along with the local Sikh Sangat of Orlando will soon extend the relief operations to other affected areas in the region.

Pastor Anne Mathew, who supplied UNITED SIKHS a list of relief supplies that are needed said, “I am so overwhelmed how God has brought us all together as one body for this purpose”.
Pastor Anne with the UNITED SIKHS AID Team

The following items were supplied to the shelter home distribution centre:

• Blankets, Comforters and Pillows
• Toothpaste, Bath Towels, Hand Washes,    Detergents
• Undergarments, Socks, Dish Liquid
• Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps
• Kitchen Cleaning Supply, Hand Sanitizers,    Trash Bags
• Peanut Butter and Jelly

UNITED SIKHS AID Relief Distribution

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To read a Press Release on a previous UNITED SIKHS AID project by UNITED SIKHS’ please see: http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/COMVCE-30-12-2006-00.htm

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