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Practicing Charity As A Virtue Through Community Service



ST LOUIS, MO- “Service to others is the rent you pay for the room here on earth”. This is one of the famous quotes of legendary boxer Mohammed Ali. It is so apt when we come to think about the values that Bal Vihar of St. Louis Youth Group is trying to live by example. Our youth group is trying to make a difference in the community through their inter-faith activities along with community service and charitable initiatives.

During the pandemic, the sufferings of so many has been elevated and. Our youths continue to step up and serve the local communities in needs through various projects. They continue to inspire the youngers by leading these initiatives. In our continued effort to serve the community, our youth group consisting of high school juniors prepared and donated meals to the Gateway 180.

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, Center for Indian Cultural Education, Bal Vihar of St. Louis youths along with community services coordinate and admin team members worked together to prepare 114 brown bag lunches for Gateway 180. Each brown bag lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple, chips, and chocolate chip cookie.  The team setup an assembly line at the Hindu Temple of St. Louis basement and worked collaborative to prepare the sandwiches and packed them The staff at Gateway 180 were excited to receive the lunches and shared their heartfelt gratitude.

Gateway 180 is a homeless shelter that provide tools and support to those in need.  The organization helps their patrons rebuild their lives and move onto stability, independence and permanent housing.  Some of their programs include Skills for Success classes, empowerment workshops, the Huddle wellness hour, and social emotional education for children. Gateway 180 accepts donations of all kinds, ranging from food to clothing to cleaning supplies.

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