When news of a mutated strain of COVID-19 in Britain and South Africa surfaced, setting off alarms around the world, thousands of truckers found themselves stranded on the UK-France border that was suddenly closed. Then, a group of Sikh volunteers stepped forward to provide free food for these stranded drivers
Khalsa Aid members traveled approximately 338km to serve hot meals to drivers stranded in Kent. Sky News reported. Additionally, members of the Sikh charity LangarAid, known for their philanthropic work, traveled nearly twice the distance from Coventry to bring water and food in cold, rainy weather.
Volunteers from Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Kent’s Gravesend helped cook and prepare the vegetarian meals before the group received a police escort along the M20 to deliver them.
On the first day of the special langar, members cooked 500 servings of curry chickpeas with rice flour and 300 servings of tomato and mushroom starters for distribution.
– Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) December 22, 2020
Hours later, the group also received a donation of 1,000 pizzas from a local Sikh businessman who runs the Domino franchise in Kent.
– Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) 23 December 2020
“It’s awful for [the drivers], there’s nothing here – no food, no shops – it’s like a prison to them. We can’t sit down and do nothing, “said KhalsaAid founder Ravi Singh BBC.
We are ready to go!
1000 pizzas for captured truckers #OperationStack !
– Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) 23 December 2020
“Nobody will starve … You don’t have to be a Christian to know it’s the season of goodwill, you just have to be a human being,” he said. The independent speaking of the NGO’s deep faith in the Langar sewa of the Sikh faith.
Long day !!
We are still here distributing hot meals to truckers #Kent
We have more food on the way from our Gravesend donors.
– ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) 23 December 2020
French authorities, who had imposed the ban to try to protect the continent from a new variant of the virus found in London and south-east England, said couriers could enter by ferry or tunnel provided they showed the evidence of a negative test for the virus. Selected passengers will also be able to return to the continent.
Their efforts were praised on social media, with Twitter users praising the groups’ “kindness” and “humanity”.
“While some say ‘so what, they’re mostly EU drivers anyway’, real Brits go out and help those in need. Thanks to everyone who came to the aid of the stranded truckers, you are the best in Britain, “user Andy Conway Morris wrote online.
Phenomenal work from @Khalsa_Aid and the Sikh community 🙌 https://t.co/nrKEDw0anx
– Sue Jordan🍒 (@ItsCherrySue) 23 December 2020
What a fantastic gesture from the Sikh community to help truck drivers stranded in Kent. https://t.co/mobjJIiu29
– Andy Watt (@Andy_Watt) December 22, 2020
This is kindness.
This is humanity.
This is Great Britain.
– Anas Sarwar (@AnasSarwar) December 22, 2020
What a great thing to do! I’m sure the poor truck drivers will be very grateful to you! https://t.co/Rza0cbtl1I
– Julia Brannan (@BrannanJulia) December 22, 2020
🙌 Keep up with the amazing work. I just donated to help @Khalsa_AidThe work in this country and abroad is fantastic. https://t.co/4XCH28HD33
– Annabel Clarke (@PixieSixer) 23 December 2020
There is hope. https://t.co/vmruXDMjzY
– Alasdair Pinkerton (@AlPinkerton) 23 December 2020
You are really making a difference, thank you for your compassion.
– RainyDaze (@MythsDaze) 23 December 2020
God bless those hands that nourish others and thank you for restoring faith in humanity! Otherwise this world has lost its glory 🙏
– Roop Sandhu💭 (@Rooopsandhu) 23 December 2020
In this upside-down world that we are in right now, things like this are moving, thank you all for your care and help.
– Em Beck 🍃💚🍃FB🇪🇺PE (@CaoimheallEmbee) 23 December 2020
An example for all of us. These guys must have been through a terrible time in business recently and still help others.
– Jesus Christ (@ 3Toriesout) 23 December 2020
You are wonderful people. Your kindness is extraordinary. On this cold and rainy day, this is real and practical humanity. 💚
– Professor Catherine Harper PhD🏳️🌈🕷☘️🖤🇪🇺 (@ProfCathHarper) December 22, 2020
Hero, thank you for your monumental action, in support of the needy !!!
– Hettie😷 #harnesshope 💚💛 (@ReceptiveLang) December 24, 2020
WOW! Ravi absolutely amazing work! The work of your charity is truly inspiring. Superb 👌
– Andrew Evans (@Ange_EvoRanger) December 24, 2020