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San Antonio's Sikh community feeds federal agents during government shutdown

Dhillon says providing meals was a collective idea of the community.


AN ANTONIO — The Sikh community here in San Antonio is offering free vegetarian meals this weekend for all government employees during the shutdown at the Sikh Center of San Antonio.

It’s been more than three weeks since the start of the partial government shut down. As a result, many federal workers who have been furloughed or are working without pay feel it has gone on long enough

"We are here to support those federal employees who are not getting their paycheck, and we really appreciate their services... and we believe our nation should appreciate and give gratitude to those men and women who are doing wonderful service for us, but are not getting paid so," said Balwinder "Dillon" Dhillon, President of the Sikh Center of San Antonio. "The least we could do is support them with a hot meal for the next three days."...

...As part of the Sikh religion, one of their duties is to look out and protect the downtrodden.

"That is our faith," said Dhillon.

One volunteer explained the reason why Sikhs wear turbans and maintain beards is as a symbol of identity. He described it as a "symbol of identity, equality, a human crown to lend a helping hand for the fallen."

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