Indian Cultural Society of Lansing: Interfaith Efforts to Help Needy

December 14, 2001

Source: The Lansing State Journal

On December 14, 2001, The Lansing State Journal reported, "Indian community helps food bank feed the hungry." The article noted, "Leaders of the area's Indian community Thursday apologized for donating only $10,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank this year. But food bank officials were thrilled to receive the money from one of their largest donors during a lunch for senior citizens and other needy people at Cristo Rey Community Center, which the Indians also served. ... Their donation was the same amount Indian Cultural Society members donated last year, because 'some of our resources went to the 9-11 Fund,' explained Manohar Naga, financial officer of the Bharatiya Temple, a Hindu house of worship in Haslett." The Cultural Society includes Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim participation. "'Our religions and culture says we should share things with others,' said Kirpal Sidhu, cultural society president, who is Sikh." The group, composed of some 400 local families, has donated to the food bank since 1994.