DOVER, England, December 23 (Reuters) – When thousands of truckers were stranded in southern England due to the French border being closed, help came from an unexpected source: a small army of British Sikh volunteers who jumped into action to collect thousands of chickpea curries and pizzas.
Up to 10,000 truckers are stranded while waiting for COVID-19 tests to allow them to travel to the mainland, while their families gather thousands of miles away for Christmas.
“We in Sikhism have the concept of langar, which means community kitchen,” Ravinder Singh, founder of Khalsa Aid, who helped coordinate the deliveries told Reuters.
“We are British Sikhs and the least we can do is practice our seasonal goodwill: two days before Christmas we have people on our soil who have returned home and do not know what is going on.
Many truckers ate their last provisions by the side of the road. seeing a lonely truck driver in his cab on a horrible rainy evening on the side of the freeway makes you do more for them, ”Singh said.
“They were very grateful but you could tell they were down as they didn’t know if they would be coming home for Christmas.” (Written by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Mike Collett-White)