MAY 2020
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COVID CRISIS SPURS RELIEF GROUPS TO SEND MONEY, FOOD, SAFETY GEAR TO VICTIMS, 1st RESPONDERS

Ever since the pandemic hit the United States, several organizations have shifted into high gear with donations of Personal Protection Equipment (face masks, gloves, respirators, gowns), free food and grocery delivery to homes, helping with transportation and errands for seniors, etc. Here are some charities that have stepped up to the plate to serve the communities that have been hard hit by the Coronavirus:

Every Sunday, Sikh Society of Central Florida is offering a free home-cooked meal drive-thru program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The society also organized a blood donation drive. The gurudwara is at 2527 W. State Road 426, Oviedo (Orlando area). For details, call (407) 687-6883 or visit www.orlandogurudwara.com

Malayalee Association of Central Florida’s (MACF) Tampa Pioneer Club has organized a task force MACF CARES to assist seniors or needy folks with grocery and prescription pickup, as well as other essential tasks. If you need assistance or would like to volunteer, call/text (516) 524-3357, (813) 765-1443 or visit www.facebook.com/macftampa

BAPS Charities donated more than 5,000 masks to frontline responders in New York and New Jersey, and volunteers distributed over 8,000 care packages in local communities throughout North America. BAPS realizes food insecurity, protecting the elderly, medical equipment, and disruptions to education are just a few of the concerns facing communities. To donate to their efforts, visit www.bapscharities.org/covid-19

PEHCHAAN Tampa Bay will hold a Webinar “How to deal with stress and anxiety during quarantine and beyond” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Zoom (ID: 816-5401-8145). RSVP (813) 720-7115.

South Florida-based charity Gummakonda Reddy Foundation and Networking for Hindu Professionals South Florida have joined forces to deliver packages of essentials via Amazon Fresh. For details, call Fareida Rajkumar at (786) 245-4646 or email fkr10@att.net

SEWA International and AIM for Seva (https://aimforsevausa.org) have been running COVID-19 helplines in the U.S. More than 400 volunteers in 20 major cities in the country are working to ensure a formidable community response. Their services include offering and delivering free food; help with shopping, transportation, and errands for the elderly; assistance with travel and visa issues. They are also directing people with COVID-19 like symptoms to nearby doctors. To contribute toward SEWA’s efforts of raising $1 million, visit www.sewausa.org/COVID-19-Fundraiser

As coronavirus continues to take a huge emotional and mental toll on families, Tampa-based Hindu Family Support Services can help. It provides free and confidential assistance to women and families from India and other south Asian countries, facing domestic violence, emotional abuse and family conflict. For information, call (813) 591-0250, email help@hfssusa.org or visit https://hfssusa.org

If you are involved with an organization doing pandemic-related relief work, tell us about it. Email editor@khaasbaat.com

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