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Sikh temple in Oakland holds day of service, collecting supplies for food pantry

The Sikh religion teaches followers to combat an act of hatred with an act of love.

OAKLAND — The Sikh religion teaches followers to combat an act of hatred with an act of love.

So it should come as no surprise that North Jersey’s Sikh community commemorated on Sunday the sixth anniversary of a deadly mass shooting at a Wisconsin gurdwara — or house of worship — by gathering donations of canned food, baby formula, diapers, soap, toothpaste, cereal and other products, then sending them to a Paterson non-profit dedicated to helping the poor.

It was a way to provide some comfort to the nearly 250 people who belong to the 4-month-old Guru Nanak Mission gurdwara on Bauer Drive, said Guldeep S. Sethi, the organization’s general secretary.

“You have pain; you feel pain,” said Sethi, 52, of Franklin Lakes. “How you express that is to help those in need … People feel honored to give.”

And give they did — enough to pack full the bed and cab of the white Toyota pickup truck sitting in the gurdwara parking lot. On Monday, volunteers will drive to Ellison Street in Paterson and deliver the goods to the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community, representatives said. 

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