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British Sikh Charity Helps to Feed Truckers Stranded by Coronavirus Variant

British Sikh charity Khalsa Aid distributed hundreds of hot meals to truckers stranded as the border with France was sealed to try and contain a new fast-spread coronavirus strain in England earlier this week.
Though the ban has since been lifted by France on the condition of a negative coronavirus test, the backlog of more than 1,500 trucks with an estimated 10,000 truckers stranded for days in Kent will take days before they can reach their destination.
Meanwhile, in what has been called “Operation Stack” by the UK Home Office, hungry truckers have got some welcome curry dishes and pizza delivery.
“1,000 pizzas kindly donated by the Domino’s Dhillon Group franchise in Kent for the truck drivers stranded in Operation Stack. We are blessed with amazing donors and supporters,” Khalsa Aid said in a social media statement on Wednesday, reported Reuters.
The wider British Sikh community in the area has also rallied together, with the Gravesend Gurdwara preparing hot meals at short notice for the charity to distribute.
“We made some phone calls to get volunteers together because we are already doing Langar, where we deliver to vulnerable people,” gurdwara spokesperson Jagdev Singh Virdee told ‘Kent Online’.
Together, volunteers rallied to make 500 chickpea curries and 300 mushroom and pasta dishes.
Khalsa Aid founder Ravinder Singh then arranged to pick up the meals from the Gravesend Gurdwara and deliver them to the hungry truckers with the help of a Kent Police escort, told Reuters.

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