From: Axay Kalathia <chair@sssgc-zone1.org&gt;
Sent: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 8:59 PM
Subject: Humanitarian Relief Ukraine

 

Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,
We have had many inquiries about service to help those affected in eastern Europe.  Please pass on the following information from our Zonal Disaster Response Commitee Chair, Mr. Rajen Ghayal:

Sai Ram Everyone, 


Due to the conflict occurring in Ukraine, many people are suffering. 

Globally, non-governmental organizations have mobilized humanitarian relief efforts to
render assistance to the desolate Ukrainians victims and to the distressed refugees in
neighboring countries.

Communities and organizations in the sheltering countries are in critical need of supplies
including clothing, food, hygiene items, sleeping bags, tents, toiletries, etc.

By Swami’s Grace and Blessings, after surveying the victims’ needs, the Sai Disaster
Response Team of SSSGC has taken initiative to research ways in which assistance can be provided to
local Ukrainian churches and organizations which have means to transport
the needed supplies (listed in the attachment) to the affected areas.

We have identified several private organizations that are facilitating supply delivery. Until the SSSGC establishes contact with local Sai centers and trusted contacts to establish our own drive, the following may be worthy of consideration for those who feel compelled to send assistance.  We as an organization are not directly or officially involved in the collection or distribution with these organizations:

 

  1. Ukrainian Churches and organizations found locally

 

  • The Saint Stephen Church Parish Bulletin
    1344 White Oak Bottom Road,
    Toms River, NJ, 08755.
    Pastor of Parish – Reverend Volodymyr Popyk.

    Rectory Phone 732-505-6053
    Pastor’s cell: 609-372-7161
    Email: pastor@ststephenchurch.us
    Website: www.ststephenchurch.us
    Instagram: st.stephenu.c.c

  • Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey
    60 N Jefferson Rd,
    Whippany, NJ 07981
    Phone: 1-973-585-7175
    Email:  uaccnj@gmail.com
    Website:   https://uaccnj.org/
  • Hope For Ukraine
    101 Eisenhower Pkwy #300,
    Roseland, NJ 07068
    Phone:       1-862- 223-8311
    Website:  https://hopeforukraine.net/
  • Please explore the Ukrainian churches and organizations found locally in the vicinity of your  
    residence in your own community. Most of them are all actively involved in supplies and funds collection drives.
  1. Sarva Dharma Service Center

    If you are motivated to render assistance by monetary contributions, then you can also
    use the Sarva Dharma Service Center IRC 501-c-3 account to facilitate the transfer of
    funds for the cause. 

    For the humanitarian relief efforts, you can route donor contributions in the following manner:

Zelle – accounting@saiservice.org

Donors should include their “cause – Ukraine Relief”, address, email address and Phone. 

 

Donors who do not know how to use Zelle, can mail checks payable to Sarva Dharma Service
Center, and forward to
SDSC,
144 West Farms Road,
Farmingdale, NJ 07727

The SDSC contact link ( https://saiservice.org/#contact) provides details on ways to send. 


Please note, donors should mention “Ukraine Relief” in the memo line of the checks. 


With loving Sairams,

 

Jai Sri Sai Ram


Mr. Rajen Ghayal

Zonal Disaster Response Committee Chair



Brief History

About

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored.

His Life
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored. He was given the name Sathyanarayana Raju. What intrigued His mother Easwaramma, most was the unbounded compassion her little Sathya had particularly for the poor and downtrodden. Even as a toddler, He insisted that the beggar at the door be served well in spite of their own limited means and would often give His own share to the needy. When He began school, His playmates were inspired by His ability to lead them to be socially responsible, spiritually aware, endowed with individual and national character. His friends were often fascinated by His extraordinary powers of creating things out of thin air, knowing the future, deep understanding of scriptural wisdom and so on.
The Childhood

The Raju family of Puttaparthi was noted for its piety since the days of the renowned sage, Venkavadhootha, a saintly ancestor who was looked upon as a Guru in hundreds of villages around. Not only did the family build and endow the Gopalaswami Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna), but Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju, the grandfather of Baba’s physical frame, dedicated a temple to Sathyabhama, consort of Lord Krishna, a deity to whom this type of homage is seldom offered in any part of India. Peasants by vocation, they were known for their musical and dramatic talent and were much involved in the propagation of the sacred scriptures through village plays and musicals. Consequently, the family was given the name ‘Bhat Raju’ (Bhat – priest)

The Advent

23rd of November, 1926, the Hindu year of Akshaya, meaning, the Never-declining, the Ever-full. It was the time of sunrise and the villagers were chanting the names of Lord Shiva, remembering that the day was Karthika Somavara, a Monday of the Holy Month of Karthika, devoted to the puja (worship) of Shiva. That day was made even more auspicious for Shiva worship because the ascendant star was Ardra (the star of Shiva). On this day, when these rare and propitious signs came together, the people thronged the temples of the Lord to offer special pujas and pray for His benediction.

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