Temple, Farm Offer Healthy Donations

Posted: May 6, 2020

The Fairfield Sikh community donated $2,500 recently to NorthBay Healthcare for its ongoing effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, but the gift came with a little something extra: a prayer.

At the bottom of the large check used for a photo opportunity during the donation was a note: “Sarbat Da Bhala,” which translates as a prayer for the “Well-being of the Human Race.” The idea has been ingrained in Sikh faith and culture since its very beginnings. It is the idea of seeking the benefit of the entirety of humanity without regard to race, gender, cast and ethnicity, explained Prabhjeet Grewal, one of the Sikh volunteers.

“Following the spirit of Sarbat Da Bhala, some members of the local Sikh community wanted to show appreciation of the sacrifice and hard work of health care workers during this pandemic,” he said. “People were very happy to participate and donate their hard-earned money toward this worthy cause.”

The group connected with NorthBay through Upinder Khaira, M.D., a hospitalist at NorthBay, who connected theRyan Pasco, director of philanthropic giving for NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, accepts $5,000 from Nagra Farms owners Scott and Param Nagra.m to NorthBay Healthcare Foundation and Ryan Pasco, director of philanthropic giving. Prabhjeet said the Sikh community has also expressed an interest in continuing to support the cause in the future.

The Sikh group’s donation spurred another as well.

Scott and Param Nagra, owners of Nagra Family Farms, spotted a news story and photo of the Sikh donation and recognized Ryan Pasco’s name. Realizing Ryan’s daughter is in a class with their own daughter, they reached out about making a donation, and then showed up with a check for $5,000.

Nagra Farms is a family-owned and operated agri-business growing California almonds, walnuts, pistachios, wine grapes, raisin grapes, and pomegranates. “With over 5,000 acres of diversified commodities, we feel fortunate to have the Supply Chain Manager Sebastian Head holds two bottles of hand sanitizer, part of a donation from Frank-Lin Distillers.opportunity to help our local community during this unprecedented pandemic,” they said in an email. “We felt the need to donate so we could help our local medical professionals. At a time when we are under quarantine and staying in our homes, it is these medical professionals that fight on the front lines. We have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for these individuals who sacrifice their own health and wellbeing for others.”

They called medical professionals “real heroes” and said they hope their donation will spur others to share support as well.Ryan Pasco and Leon Cannon of NorthBay Healthcare accept a generous donation of faceshields from Apple, delivered by Javier Aguilera of Ruby’s Trucking Company.

Other generous donations have come from individuals and organizations across the community. Non-food donations in recent weeks include:

  • Sue Pacciorini of Winters — $1,000.
  • Napa-Solano Hygienists’ Society (Connie Madeiros) — $300.
  • McAfee of Santa Clara — $500 cash and a message: “Our nation will be forever grateful to all the brave and selfless first responders who are caring for those in need during these crazy times. You are much appreciated!”
  • Lee Parkinson, Solano County resident — $1,000 cash and a message: “We really appreciate our local health care providers for keeping Solano County healthy!”
  • Oxy Oil, Seven X Cure, T4 Manufacturing of Rio Vista — Disposable coveralls in sizes L, XL, XXL (25 of each).
  • Mark Sutter, DDS of Fairfield — 3 boxes of small exam gloves, pack of dental gowns, 2 boxes of procedural masks.
  • Susan Williams, community member — 55 homemade earloop masks.
  • Grace Family Church/Mallory Reynolds (NorthBay employee) — 100 3M N95 masks.
  • Frank-Lin Distillers — 30 cases of hand sanitizer.
  • Vicki Norris (retired NorthBay employee and a member of the Talk of NorthBay Toastmasters club) — 20 homemade earloop masks.
  • Lowe’s in Fairfield — Four 1-gallon bottles of Zep hand sanitizer and 20 pairs of 3M safety goggles.

A complete list of donors can be found at NorthBay.org/COVIDdonors.

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