The Sikh community has come together to offer their kindness and support to truck drivers caught up in Kent, UK, due to Operation Stack.
The community has prepared and delivered hundreds of meals...
via: TwitterAfter lorry drivers were stuck at the UK border, due to the recent closure.
Truckers had been left trapped at the border in Dover because of the recent closure out of the UK.
It left drivers unsure of when they'll be able to get moving again, or if they'll even manage to get home for Christmas.
Trucks drivers queued along the M20 near Ashford. Can't drive to France. Might not be home for Christmas.… https://t.co/ODyRna3FVa— Nick McAvaney (@Nick McAvaney)1608565716.0
Sikhs from the Gravesend Gurdwara cooked over eight-hundred meals, in under 3 hours!
They then teamed up with other volunteers to distribute the food to hungry lorry drivers.
We are heading to #Dover to with water and snacks for the #Truckers who are stranded due to #OperationStack ! We… https://t.co/TnH5UShYWd— ravinder singh (@ravinder singh)1608569892.0
The Sikh humanitarian charity Khalsa Aid was responsible for the quick turnaround...
via: TwitterThey made a whopping five-hundred chickpea curries and three-hundred mushroom and pasta dishes.
These were then picked up by Khalsa Aid founder Ravinder Singh...
Who handed them out along with local police.
We will be providing another 1000 hot meals for truck drivers who are stranded due to #OperationStack in #Kent !… https://t.co/aXuJallNbo— ravinder singh (@ravinder singh)1608718168.0
A spokesman for the Guru Nanak Darbar Jagdev Singh Virdee told Kent Online:
"They [Khalsa Aid] got in touch this morning about 12 o'clock and by 2.30 pm they came to collect the food."
European drivers not used to getting free food or water 😂! We are giving away free bottled water and snacks to truc… https://t.co/GJQ0ZKLBDu— ravinder singh (@ravinder singh)1608584116.0
"We made some phone calls to get volunteers together because we are already doing Langar, where we deliver to vulnerable people." The kind actions have been praised online...
The great guys who were with me helping the truckers on #M20 near #Dover today ! Top blokes & gals !!… https://t.co/9cHvqCm2gB— ravinder singh (@ravinder singh)1608682150.0
@Khalsa_Aid @Port_of_Dover I hope that the Kent authorities are assisting you to deliver the meals to the truckers. Thank you so much.— Linda Norton (@Linda Norton)1608649251.0
@Khalsa_Aid You are amazing and resourceful and wonderful— valerie selby (@valerie selby)1608649521.0
@Khalsa_Aid @StevePeers @Port_of_Dover You are amazing. Thank you.— Jozinhagirl (Activist Lawyer) (@Jozinhagirl (Activist Lawyer))1608649538.0
@Khalsa_Aid @LadyLiminal1 @Port_of_Dover Thank you. I'm glad someone is stepping up to help these people— Sarah May (@Sarah May)1608649878.0
@Khalsa_Aid @StevePeers @Port_of_Dover Impressive generosity of spirit— Anita Howarth (@Anita Howarth)1608650022.0
@Khalsa_Aid @Port_of_Dover You are wonderful people. Your kindness is extraordinary. On this cold and rainy day, th… https://t.co/aMm9YEisYI— Professor Catherine Harper PhD🇮🇪☘️🏳️🌈🕷🖤🇪🇺 (@Professor Catherine Harper PhD🇮🇪☘️🏳️🌈🕷🖤🇪🇺)1608650117.0
@Khalsa_Aid @LadyLiminal1 @Port_of_Dover Well done! I bet you are so appreciated by the truckers.— Jon Cheshire (@Jon Cheshire)1608650595.0
@Khalsa_Aid @Port_of_Dover Well done to the Sikh community 👍👍— Steve (@Steve)1608650639.0
@Khalsa_Aid @Port_of_Dover Fantastic work on the part of your community and my humblest compliments on stepping up… https://t.co/eFthVsfeid— NudisteP (@NudisteP)1608651020.0
@Khalsa_Aid @Port_of_Dover Amazing, well done and thank you for some much needed kindness being shown x— Kizzy (@Kizzy)1608651118.0
Brits were quick to point out the lack of help from government officials...
With one posting: "Thank you on behalf of all of us British who are ashamed of our government's failure to organize properly. "Thank you for showing the true spirit of love and compassion." A third wrote: "Absolutely brilliant response. Puts our useless government to shame. Well done."
I can only see 120! 120 I tell you. One lorry, two lorry .......... #Dover #BordersClosed #OperationStack… https://t.co/ehiZHzSD51— BobbyBobbyBobby (@BobbyBobbyBobby)1608664811.0
A spokesperson for Kent County Council said:
"With the help of Kent Resilience Forum agencies, we were able to give out snacks and drinking water through Monday ahead of drivers being able to access welfare facilities at Manston as part Operation Brock planning."
Our government have, once again, failed spectacularly. There are currently over 1500 trucks stuck between #Manston… https://t.co/RO8lb1Ghje— Karl Booton (@Karl Booton)1608669032.0
"Though hauliers are routinely well prepared for disruption, while French borders remain closed it remains important that people avoid travelling to Kent." Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We continue to urge hauliers not to travel to Kent until further notice as we work to alleviate congestion at ports." Let's hope they all get moving soon! For more like this, scroll on...
800 Hot meals ready for the truckers stranded in #Kent due to #OperationStack ! Our thx to the #Kent Sikh commun… https://t.co/UaOZjaFo6E— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa Aid)1608648087.0