December 28, 2013

The Gift of Giving… This holiday season one Hindu temple joins in collecting toys for the community with Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda.

By Bharati Kemraj

On Sunday, December 22, 2013 toys, toys and a few more toys were collected to bring the total of over 100 pieces of presents for boys and girls of all ages in the community. The items were collected by the Vishnu Mandir and the Bharati Dance Academy. They were then donated to Assemblyman Sepulveda for distribution at St. Andrews Church in their Annual Toy Giveaway to families in the community.

“To know that we can do anything to help bring happiness to a family here in our borough gives us great pleasure in wanting to help even more,” says dance choreographer Bharati Kemraj. “We are so excited for the kids that will have something to open on Christmas Day,” adds eight years old student, Sarah Dilchand, of the Bharati Dance Academy.  

“Myself and the kids brought a few toys today because we wanted to give back as a way of saying thank you for all that we have in our life,” says Indy Churaman as she hugs her son Stefan and daughter Ilyssa, who attended the monthly youth service at the temple.  

Once a month Pandit Vishnu, Pandit Vyaas and Pandit Krishna Sukul leads the youth in Hawan Ceremony and Puja where they give thanks to God and participate in singing religious songs, giving speeches and reading from the sacred Hindu Scriptures. Assemblyman Sepulveda expressed his gratitude to the members of the temple and said that he always feels like he is a part of the family. “Myself and my family have been asking people throughout the community to assist and help with the toy drive and I am thankful to those who found it in their hearts to donate today,” said the Assemblyman.

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