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Charity at Sai Datta Peetham

Sai Datta Peetham was founded based on Shri Sai Baba’s preaching. One of the important objectives of the Peetham is to spread his message & teachings on charity. And, we do so by implementing these preaching ourselves at Peetham – When you want to preach a message, become the message. Charity begins at Home. As Baba said – ‘the giver gives, but really he is sowing the seed for later: the gift of a rich harvest’.

Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi’s principles has been collated in a book called “Shri Sai Satcharitra”. Based on these principles, Peetham focusses its charity mission to feed the hungry and to help the needy. Baba preached – ‘Spend money in charity and be generous and munificent’.

Nithya Annadhanam

Free food is available plenty at Peetham every day. No one goes who visits Peetham shall leave hungry or with empty stomach. As Baba preached – ‘If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit’.

Sandwich Seva

Baba said “Give food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and clothes to the naked. Then God will be pleased”. Peetham offers food to the homeless every Sunday. From day one, SDP started contributing sandwiches, snack bars boxes of fruits during weekends to the residents of homeless shelters in and around the area.

Back to School

Baba said – ‘Wealth is really a means to work out dharma. If one uses it merely for personal enjoyment, it is vainly spent’. Peetham has donated and encouraged devotees to contribute towards school supplies to the needy but studious children of our community.

Donating the school supplies to the children is a gesture of our mission to serve the South Plainfield Community. After all, we are a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a message to the world. The Peetham’s mission is to follow Sai Baba’s words and put them into action to help our community. Peetham donated back to school supplies to some needy children with the help of South Plainfield councilman Derryck White and School Board Representative Ms. Debbie Boyle. Under the spiritual guidance of Mr. Raghu Sankarmanchi, the Sai Datta Peetham is hoping to get involved with many more charitable events.

The founder of the Peetham, Mr. Raghu Sankarmanchi, is a visionary who sees helping the community in any way as the best way to serve Shri Sai Baba.

Peetham Food Drive

Currently the SDP is conducting a “Food Drive” (October 3rd through Thursday Nov 20th). Peetham has taken up this initiative to donate canned food and boxed items to a facility in South Plainfield, where they will be distributed to the needy families. Anyone interested can participate by donating any unexpired food item to Peetham and the same will be distributed to these needy people. Interested people can also join us to those facilities.

Peetham during natural calamities

Cyclone Hud hud had been a huge test to the people of Andhra Pradesh, especially the city & suburbs of Vishakpatnam. Peetham always wants to contribute to the society, especially at junctures where there are necessities & scarcities, because any aid raises the needy and gives him the confidence and belief to self-sustain.

Peetham has conducted GoDhaanam - Donating cows to some dairy farmers who can use the cows as their Kamadhenu to spring back their lives with a daily business.

Annadhanam at Sai Datta Peetham

Annadhanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe’: These verses from the Vedas mean Annadhanam is supreme and incomparable to any charity.

Baba’s quotes: “Annadhanam - is the most pious and meritorious of all charity. Because, it is only by Annadhanam that one can be fully satisfied. It is only when one is given food, however much that person may take; there is a limit beyond which he just cannot take. The person says 'Thrupthosmi' (meaning ‘enough I am satisfied’). When food which is offered exceeds the limits, the person begs 'Please do not serve any more'. It is only when full satisfaction is expressed like this; the giver also reaps the full reward of charity”.

Nitya Annadhanam at Sai Datta Peetham

The Sai Datta Peetham while committed to uphold our Culture and Tradition, this is what we follow in Peetham as our Mantra – Never send away anyone without offering them food. And here is our chance to uphold this great Indian tradition – ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’.

At Peetham, as a policy, food is affluent and plenty for everyone every day from 5:30am until temple closes. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Maha Prasadam, absolutely free with no fees. Anyone can be a part & contribute towards this Nithya Annadhanam scheme, Yatha Shakthi (pay what you can)

The Sai Datta Peetham is offering this great opportunity for charity and to serve others, by virtue of which serve His Holiness Baba himself. In the Life of Every Human Being, one is supposed to do Good Karma and Good Karma is nothing but doing good deeds such as charitable activities.

For anyone interested in contributing to Nitha Annadhanam, here are some great opportunities:

  • Daily Annadhanam - $151
  • Weekend (1 Day) Annadhanam - $251
  • Weekly (7 Days) Annadhanam - $516
  • Monthly Annadhanam - $1,116
  • Saswitha Annadhanam (Yearly 1 day for life) - $5,116

This type of Annadhanam is special, sometimes a great way to celebrate certain very special days of our lives, wedding anniversary, ceremonies, birthdays etc.

 

You can also donate groceries needed for daily Maha Prasadham

  • Rice (Sona Masoori), Cooking Oil, Toor Dal, Chana Dal, Moong Dal, , Urad Dal, Sooji (White/Red)
  • Cracked Wheat, Sabu Dhana – Saggu Biyyam, Thick Poha,
  • Tamarind, Turmeric Powder, Chilli Powder, Red Chillies, Kabooli Channa, Brown Channa
  • Peas (Green/Yellow), Black eye Beans, Mustard Seeds, Jeera. Idli Rava, Bambino Semiya
  • Fruits, Vegetables
  • Ghee
  • Dry Fruits
Sandwich Seva & Food Distribution

In addition to Nithya Annadhanam within temple premises, Sai Datta Peetham has also committed itself for food distribution to the homeless shelters with this program ‘Sandwich Seva & Fruit Distribution’.

Under this program, Peetham through its volunteers & devotees:

  • Conducts sandwich distribution every First & Third Sunday
  • Conducts fruit distribution every Second & Fourth Sunday

Anyone is welcome to join this activity. Anyone wishing to contribute, can contribute with fruits & sandwiches.

Baba said – ‘Wealth is really a means to work out dharma. If one uses it merely for personal enjoyment, it is vainly spent’. Peetham has donated and encouraged devotees to contribute towards school supplies to the needy but studious children of our community.

Donating the school supplies to the children is a gesture of our mission to serve the South Plainfield Community. Our mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. After all, we are just a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a message to the entire world. The Peetham’s mission is to follow Sai Baba’s words and put them into action to help our community.

‘Back to school’ matters to kids. Having the opportunity to have the same kinds of clothes and supplies as the other kids matters. Fitting in matters. For once there’s a child who’ll look forward to heading back-to-school with supplies and a uniform--an opportunity they thought they’d never have.

Peetham donated back to school supplies to some needy children with the help of South Plainfield councilman Derryck White and School Board Representative Ms. Debbie Boyle. Under the spiritual guidance of Mr. Raghu Sankarmanchi, the Sai Datta Peetham is hoping to get involved with many more charitable events.

The founder of the Peetham, Mr. Raghu Sankarmanchi, is a visionary who sees helping the community in any way as the best way to serve Shri Sai Baba.

Anyone make a difference!!

It's simple to donate school supplies. Consider buying an extra pack of any of the below items and participate! This is a donation where even school going children can participate, thus sowing the valuable seeds of charity at a very early stage in to kids’ life. Here are a few basic items you may want to look for:

  • Lined paper
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Dry-erase Markers
  • Paperclips
  • Pinders
  • Report Covers
  • Staples and Staplers
  • Art Supplies (For elementary and art classes)
  • Crayons
  • Back Packs

Give kids the school supplies they really need. Get them back to school where they belong.

 

Lucy Patruni, Roja Shankaramanchi, subha Patibandla, Sapna Lakshmipuram

 

Subha Patibandla, Ramana Reddy, Priest Raghu Sankaramanchi

Hudhud Relief Fund:

Dear Devotees,

We are pleased to let you know that we have collected approx USD 10, 000 so far in support of HudHud Relief efforts within a span of two weeks, with your help & blessings.

Our Founder, Sri Raghu Sharma Sankaramanchi and Sai Datta Peetham Volunteers in India met the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh,
Sri Chandra Babu Naidu on November 4th 2014 and donated USD 5000 (~ Rs 3,02,500) towards CM Relief Fund for Hudhud. Mr Chief Minister thanked for our commitment and appreciated the overwhelming response from our community in the US.

We are spending the remaining funds on providing direct help to affected victims of Hudhud. We’re committed to distributing your donations to transform the lives of affected people of Hudhud.

As a first step, we plan to donate cows (GauDaan) to some affected daily farmers around Vishakpatnam. We are currently in the process of procuring cows for this donation and hope to deliver the same by this weekend. The beneficiaries will be able to start their own businesses and hence revive their family economies.

Many victims have already thanked us for our proposed plans to provide them with cows. They have appreciated our help as this would help them immediately in re-ordering their torn lives.

When we meet these people in person at their camps and roof-torn homes, they view as angels who have come upon their shoulders to relieve their pain. This would not have been possible without the support of our donors. Together we are making a huge difference.

We work hard to make sure we achieve as much possible with the charity funds we receive. You’d be surprised about just how far your donations can go. We respect the right of our donors to know how their money is being spent to further this charity mission.

SDP Charity team conducted/organized a Toy for kids drive.It was a successful event from December 4th-21st

This Toy Drive was only for new, unwrapped toys. We received items such as toys, games, art kits for kids by the the age groups for the children it was provided by the SDP team. Toy distribution was taken place at late December. We collected more than 100 Toys with the help of volunteers and visitors. Members of the SDP team dropped the new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes to the Ozanam Family Shelter in Edison,NJ. The coordinater picked up these toys and stored them where the toys are sorted by age and gender and give them to the children as a surprise toy for the holiday season.

We also, Donated Toys to the Robert wood Johnson Bristol Myers Squibb Childrens Hospital.