Families in need and who may be experiencing homelessness in Pacoima – one of the city’s most economically distressed areas – will get a special treat this holiday season at a “Sharing is Caring” event hosted by Khalsa Care Foundation (KCF), a non-profit organization of the Sikh community of Los Angeles.
Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion with more than 20 million followers around the world.
“Sharing is Caring” will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sikh Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) located at 9989 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331.
“By helping those in need the Sikh community observes seva (selfless service), one of the most important tenements of our religion that is central to langar – the Sikh free community kitchen and meal offering,” said Bhajneet Singh, member of the Sikh community and KCF. “We know there is great need in Pacoima, and we want our neighbors to know that we are a resource for them,” he added.
During the event, 150 volunteers will distribute 10,000 lbs. of food donations, over $35,000 worth of new clothing, and toy gifts valued at $28,000 to more than 700 Pacoima-area families in need.
Families will also be served warm vegetarian meals, and enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere that will include a petting zoo, live characters, a stilt walker, cotton candy, ice cream and more. In addition, attendees will enter a raffle to win one of 10 bicycles donated by the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division and Disney toys.
In the past, KCF has provided food and needed items to the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row, but in recent years the Sikh community has looked to support local families and neighbors in Pacoima. According to the 2010 Census, roughly 17% of households in Pacoima are at or below the poverty level.
“This event gives us an opportunity to do something positive for our neighbors, to get to know them, and so that they can get to know us. We work in partnership with schools to support our community and help local families. At a time when there is growing divisions in our world, we are here to collaborate, show unity and offer assistance,” added Singh. “