Surrey shows it’s a caring community

Organizations and individuals help others through hardship

As I come across the words “food bank,” what immediately springs to mind is “food waste.”

Large quantities of food are often wasted during special events, parties, wedding celebrations and other private functions. Imagine if we could save food from going into the garbage and how many people could be fed. We need to change our attitudes towards food waste and contribute to the needy.

We all need to make sure that in our neighbourhoods, not a single person goes to bed hungry.

Food, clothing and shelter are basic human rights. Therefore it is our prime duty to show generosity towards the less-fortune and help them get what they need. Any kind of human aid is a great act.

The Muslim Food Bank is undertaking an important task to serve underprivileged families of Surrey. By supplying  basic services, volunteers are spreading the message of compassion.

A most admirable part of the program is the Muslim Food Bank’s aim to expand the service to newcomers families who need to learn life skills and English so they can adapt to Canadian life.

I feel a sense of pride when the people of Surrey are involved with charity affairs to help others and lessen their burdens. It is a good example of being a gracious human being.

In a recent article that appeared in The Leader, it was noted City of Surrey employees raised $233,000 through its annual United Way Campaign. This is a huge amount collected by city staff.

While praising city employees, Surrey’s Mayor Linda Hepner said, “When it comes to creating a culture of caring in Surrey, the city and its employees lead by example.”

Indeed it is commendable that the funds will be spent on programs for youth to help build a better tomorrow.

All of this is a good reminder that we are a caring and just society.


Hanif A. Patel


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