Six years after one man opened fire in a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the Sikh Coalition is combating hate with peace. 

“In honor of those lives that were tragically taken from us and from the little kids to the adults to everyone that was affected in between, we want to promote peace and unity among all members of the community regardless of their faith, their background, how much money they make, it does not matter," said Rasna Suri, an advocate for the Sikh Coalition. 

Suri and others took part in the Day of Seva, or a Day of Service. 

“At the end of the day we are all human, and we only have one goal right, and that is to put food on the table to enjoy with our families,” said Suri. 

The group spent Sunday serving food to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House which serves as a home away from home when a family member is in the hospital. 

“I think that it’s really great that these families are taken care of when they are here. You know because everyone’s going through such a difficult time, in some cases, and it’s just so nice to be taken care of,” said Kathleen Noel, a mother living at the Ronald McDonald House. 

For Scarlett Sabin, the Director of the Ronald McDonald House, she's thankful that the Sikh Coalition decided to spread that kindness with the house. 

“Everyone can make a difference and anyone can make an impact you know to be able to do something kind and wonderful and instead of showing anger to what happened and making an impact in the lives of families on such a special day. I just think it’s a tremendous gift to our Ronald McDonald families,” said Sabin. 

The local Sikh Coalition Chapter served about 70 people this evening, including many departments at Dignity Health.


By: Vanessa Romo from 23 ABC News Bakersfield 

Posted on: 11:46 AM, Aug 6, 2018