Sikh community spreads love to A Safe Place on Valentine’s Day

Those seeking refuge at women’s shelters in Sherwood Park and Edmonton received an extra bit of TLC for Valentine’s Day ...

Those seeking refuge at women’s shelters in Sherwood Park and Edmonton received an extra bit of TLC for Valentine’s Day this year.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, members of Edmonton’s Sikh community delivered hundreds of care packages stuffed with teddy bears, handmade Valentine’s cards, boxed chocolates, baked goods and personal care items to three shelters in the Edmonton region, including the Lurana Centre and Wings of Providence in Edmonton and A Safe Place in Sherwood Park. The initiative is part of One Billion Rising movement, initiated by the Sikh community in 2012, which raises awareness about family violence. Locally, the Sikh non-profit Seva Yeg has organized the Valentine’s Day delivery for three years...

...“The Sikh community has faced a lot of adversity in recent years. There has been a lot hate crimes against Sikh people because of a lack of understand about who we are as people,” Nerval said, adding many people confuse the faith with Islam. “Recently, Sikhs were included in the terrorism report published by the federal government. That doesn’t do anything for us. It was completely unsubstantiated and completely undeserving of our community. So hopefully doing things like this will shine a positive light on who we are.”

One Billion Rising also delivered donations to women’s shelters on Feb. 14 across other major Canadian cities such as Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.

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