“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.”
According to Dhillon, providing free meals was a collective idea of the community. They started serving on Friday.
“The least we could do is support them with a hot meal for the next three days,” he said. “It’s freshly cooked vegetables, lentils and rice, and tortillas.”
Looking out for others is central to the teachings of Sikhism. For believers, giving to the hungry is giving to God, but only when it is genuine — without the expectation of reward in the hereafter.
“We don’t worry about one community. We all belong to one race, which is the human race. We think we are all brothers and sisters and we need to support each other no matter who we are. We may have different color, different class or religion, or social and economic status, but at the end of the day, we are all brothers and sisters,” Dhillon said.
It is unclear when the shutdown — which affected some 800,000 workers — will come to an end. As of Jan. 12, it has become the longest in American history.
Aside from the Sikh Center, other entities provided free offerings to federal agents in the city, including the San Antonio Museum of Art, Bakery Lorraine, 2M Smokehouse, and Lucy’s Doggy Daycare & Spa, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
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