After hearing the news that the Sikh community stepped up and provided eight-hundred meals for stranded truck drivers, people were left speechless. And in yet another incredible act of kindness, they have now said they're ready to make hundreds more...
In times of need, it is so heartwarming to see people come together.
via: ShutterstockIt comes as no surprise that the past few months have been terrible for all of us, but the pandemic has hit some people harder than others.
Across the pond, the people of the United Kingdom are suffering.
via: GettyThe country now has the worst death toll in all of Europe, even though they were warned about the severity of the virus early on.
Things have gotten so bad right now that the south of England is in a full-blown lockdown...
via: GettyA new strain of the COVID-19 vaccine was detected and according to multiple reports, it is spreading seventy percent faster than the original.
This is why many countries in Europe and around the world have imposed a travel ban on UK residents.
via: GettyThese restrictions have hit some areas of the country harder than others, including the ports along the border that connects the UK to France.
Truck drivers have been told to stay put as the borders were forced to close.
via: GettyAnd the backlog of stranded drivers reached hundreds in their numbers.
With no toilets and no food, they have been left to fend for themselves at the border.
via: GettyFor those of you thinking why they didn't just turn around when they heard the news, the new restrictions came into effect immediately, which did not give drivers or companies any time to prepare.
With only 1 day until Christmas, it seems as though things have come at the worst time.
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
That's why the Sikh community has stepped up and done what the government has not.
via: TwitterThey have gone above and beyond to do what they can for their fellow citizens and have received the praise they deserve for their selfless acts.
Sikhs from the Gravesend Gurdwara decided to cook over eight-hundred meals, in under 3 hours.
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...
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:
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
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
Brits were quick to point out the lack of help from government officials...
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:
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
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
After such a successful first attempt, the Sikhs aren't stopping there...
via: GettyIn another incredible act of kindness, they have now said they're ready to make hundreds more meals to distribute to more drivers at the border.
Speaking to LADbible this time, Jagdev Singh Virdee said it was a "team effort."
via: TwitterThey were also contacted by more of the local police force who offered to help them with their plan.
"It was an entire community effort," Jagdev said.
via: Twitter"We've said we're available if more is needed," he added. "Because from my understanding there are about 3,000 lorry drivers stuck there, and I think Khalsa Aid have taken about 1,000 meals. We're on standby if any more is needed. "I've been in touch with Kent Police as well, saying if there's any need then to let us know."
Not all heroes wear capes, that's for sure.
We are coordinating 3500 hot meals for the Truck drivers in #Kent today ! Great team work with the Kent #Sikh comm… https://t.co/qITGZKbNC4— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa Aid)1608809763.0