New Jersey’s BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir donates $25,000 for Turkey earthquake relief

Feb. 25, 2023, prayer and earthquake relief donations event held in BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville. Photo: BAPS Robbinsville

In response to the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye that killed some 50,000 people there and in Syria, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey took donations and held a special prayer assembly on February 25, 2023, for those affected.

The devotees at BAPS Robbinsville, offered prayers for the victims and donated generous amounts totaling some $25,000. The donations are coordinated between BAPS Charities and the Embrace Relief Foundation to reach survivors.
“As hundreds of thousands are fleeing the disaster zones and being displaced from their homes, Embrace Relief Foundation has been continuously responding to the essential needs of those affected,” BAPS said in its press release.

$25,000 was collected through donations from BAPS devotees and handed over by BAPS Charities to Embrace Relief Foundation at Feb. 25, 2023 prayer and donation event in Robbinsville, N.J. Swaminarayan Mandir. Photo: BAPS Robbinsville

The donation aims to meet critical relief needs such as food,  housing assistance, and emergency supply distribution, directed at sustainable and lasting improvements.

expressed gratitude towards BAPS for organizing the event and for their generous donation. “I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity and cannot express how I feel about your unwavering
support during this difficult time. Thank you for your support. It will bring hope and comfort to many who have lost everything,” the CEO of Embrace Relief Foundation, Osman Dulgeroglu, is quoted saying in the press release. Also present were members from Turkish Cultural Center, New Jersey, and the Central Jersey Community Center.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey, serves spiritual and other needs of devotees. It also holds various charitable programs to improve the lives of people around the world. In 2022, volunteers from the community were also involved in aiding in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
BAPS Charities is a global charity active in nine countries across five continents, the press release said.



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