USA Service Update
Guided by HIS Mission to feed the hungry, the USA Young Adults (YA), for the first time, joined hands with other non-profit organisations in the community, such as Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and 4Others and took up a task to pack meals (uncooked rice, soy, veggies and vitamins) that was shipped to reach hundreds of hungry children around the globe via FMSC’s network of distributors!
Calling themselves as ‘1YOUTH’ with the slogan “United We Serve”, the USA YAs roped in more than 100 volunteers for this event that was hosted in San Jose, California on May 18 and 19, 2019. They worked tirelessly for two days along with other volunteers to pack a whopping 163,296 meals.
The youth across the USA, in States like Texas, Alabama, Kansas, California and so on, have been frequently (monthly, weekly) distributing food to their homeless friends. Food is just an avenue to reach the recipient heart. Many a times the youth have helped homeless friends in finding stability. From listening to their stories, to persistently motivating them, to finding them a job, to moving them to shelters, the youths have tried to make a difference.
The youth also involved office colleagues and school going children from the neighborhood to join in the Seva. Now, more families who do not even know Bhagawan, are carrying out his work!
The icing on the cake was during the Youth Meet this year where the Region 4 Youths had an opportunity to do Seva in Bhagawan’s presence. Youths from seven countries and 13 different States in the USA participated in the Seva. There were two different sets of kits packed by the youth of Region 4.
Female youth team packed newborn kits with utmost love for the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre inaugurated by Bhagawan in Clarksdale, Mississippi this year. A total of fifty-four newborn kits were packed, each of which contained baby care products such as baby wipes, diapers, newborn clothes, socks, cap, pacifiers and a receiving blanket.
Male youth team packed 108 hygiene kits for the homeless in the Boston area. Each kit contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, wet wipes, lotion, travel soap, chapstick, comb, breakfast bars along with an inspirational card personally written by the youth to encourage their homeless friends.