Over Christmas, the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Community work tireless to support their local community in need. Often their work doesn’t make it to the publics attention, however their work makes a huge impact on our society, offering food and the festive spirit to those who otherwise would not enjoy it.
A Hindu couple will keep their shop open, offering mince pies and company to anyone lonely on Christmas day. Following an elderly neighbour losing her pension to conmen, they collected gifts and celebrated Christmas with her last Christmas. It was this that inspired them to do something for the community this Christmas.
“In Hinduism the main message is to help everybody in life, especially those less fortunate.
Everybody should have somebody at Christmas, so we try to be that somebody.”
The Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team (SWAT) organise an annual Christmas street party for the homeless, sharing a meal and the festive spirit. They also hand out Santa Hats, crackers, chocolate and vital necessities to those who will be homeless in the cold weather. Throughout the year, SWAT are set up on the Strand every week offering hot meals to the homeless.
A recent article in the Independent highlighted the impact of Muslim Charities over Christmas. Muslim Charities come together to support soup kitchens on Christmas Day in Churches in West London, they are distributing packs of sleeping bags, toiletries, warm clothes, first aid and snacks. Muslim organisations have often come with their own initiatives, like a group in Yorkshire offering free taxi rides to the elderly, then visiting them for Christmas in a care home. This Christmas, Penny Appeal will become the first Muslim Charity to have an advert featured on mainstream TV, with an advert showing British Muslims in helping vulnerable people across the UK over Christmas.
We’re very proud of the South Asian Community together at Christmas to make such a difference.