Clearwater Sikh community donates thousands to charity after sale of temple

Lumber industry job losses blamed for Sikh community shrinking to just 5 families

The tiny Sikh community in Clearwater, British Columbia has sold its temple and given the $164,000 it made from the sale to local charities.

Narinder Singh Heer, president of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Temple in Clearwater, said the community had shrunk to five families and did not need the space...

...The building, which can hold up to 400 people, was bought by locals for $180,000, he said.

The community donated another $4,000 it had in savings.

They gave $10,000 each to two temples in Kamloops, B.C., and the rest to 19 local charities.

"The money belongs to Clearwater," Heer said of the local donations. "We've been living here since the 1950s and 1960s."...

..."We introduced Mr. Heer and put them up at the podium and started handing out cheques, and the room just came apart. It was so emotional and grown men were shedding tears. It was amazing."

Blackwell said he's disappointed to see the Sikh community in Clearwater shrinking.

"The minute the Sikh community wants to come back to Clearwater, I'll give the first thousand dollars to start the new temple," he said.

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