Hicksville, NY: As India continues to grapple with COVID crisis here at home, Long Island’s South Asian community is responding.
Nassau County officials joined together with the South Asian-American community, civic, and religious leaders to announce a major aid campaign to help India in this third wave of the pandemic.
“We may be far away from our country, but together we just want to say that we do care and we will do our best to help out India,” said Shashi Malik with India Association of Long Island.
“India is facing an existential crisis,” said Dr. Raj Bhayani of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. “Yesterday was Mother’s Day. It is the duty of every son and daughter of India and every American daughter and son, let us help Mother India.”
Friends for Good Health International and Merchant Industry of India announced the aid campaign will send funding for ventilators, personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and vaccinations.
Local businesses are having difficulty getting in touch with family members and employees due to shutdowns in India.
At least two local people on Long Island are chartering flights to bring these supplies to India this weekend.
Local leaders are recommending that if people want to donate supplies or PPE, they bring them to their local Indian-American or South-Asian prayer center or community group.
They include: National Association of Indians in America, AIPAC, FIPA, Global Federation of Indian Physicians Association, Gujrati Samaj, Sikh Cultural Society of America, International Punjabi Welfare Council New York, RANA, Arya Samaj of Long Island, Hindu Community Center Queens, Rajasthan Medical Association of Indians in America, Indian American Forum, Friends for Good Health, India Association of Long Island, Nargis Dutt Foundation, IDPUSA, LILC, Rotary Hicksville South, Rotary Jericho Sunrise, Asamai Temple, AAPIQLI, Gurdwara Glencove, Hicksville, Plainview Gurdwara, Sai Mandir Hicksville and Gurdwara Shaheeda Levittown. (Source: abc7ny.com)