Due to the closing of the border of Dover, hundreds of truckers were trapped unsure of whether they’ll be able to get moving before the day of Christmas. After the borders were closed, there were no signs of opening up. Therefore, Sikhs from the Gravesend Gurdwara got into the action of feeding the trapped truckers. They prepared a whopping 800 meals for the truckers within just 3 hours.
According to the spokesperson of Guru Nanak Darbar Jagdev Singh Virdee, Khalsa aid contacted them at around 12 noon. Khalsa aid collected the food by 2.30 pm. They achieved the target on time, thanks to the volunteers who helped. The volunteers gathered at the Gurdwara Langar kitchen shortly after being notified. Together, they whipped up 500 chickpea curries, and 300 mushroom and pasta curries.
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Khalsa Aid, along with the joint effort of local authorities including Kent Resilience Forum agencies and Kent County Council, distributed the meals among the trapped truck drivers.
Social media users greatly admired this act of kindness. One user wrote: “Wonderful work. Thank you once again for helping those in need and providing delicious meals and a sense of some comfort to our essential workers who’re stranded”. Another, ashamed of the unorganized plans of the British government, thanked the Sikh community on behalf of all British.
Another comment praising the Sikh community stated: “Thank you for showing the true spirit of love and compassion.”
800 Hot meals ready for the truckers stranded in #Kent due to #OperationStack !
Our thx to the #Kent Sikh community especially Guru Nanak Gurdwara Gravesend. for preparing meals on short notice #BordersClosed @Port_of_Dover pic.twitter.com/65WOnh1NG9
— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) December 22, 2020
Recently, a new, more dangerous strain of the COVID-19 virus was identified in the United Kingdom. Due to this, France ordered a sudden lockdown at the borders. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, stated that it is important for people to avoid traveling to Kent while French borders remain closed.