A token of gratitude distributed through Thanksgiving meals

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To ensure everyone in the city had an opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, local residents took it upon themselves to deliver Thanksgiving meals. 

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In Centreville Park, there is a small blue pantry called the Karma Pantry. The pantry is a home for residents to leave donations for those in need or to take home any food item based on their needs. The pantry door reads, “love thy neighbour.” 

“The Karma Pantry got started well before us, but now we have an unofficial committee that’s taking care of it. We just took somebody’s great idea and continued with it,” said Karunesh Saroya, co-owner of Saroya Homes. 

The message became an inspiration for many in the community to come together to renovate the old pantry. Recently, one of the committee members built a new pantry, which stands there now. This year, the Karma Pantry decided to offer individually packed meals for those who would generally go without.

“It is such an important time of the year, and the community needs a boost, especially during these times. They need something to be thankful for, giving somebody these meals on such an important holiday, if we can do that and boost people’s spirits a little, then we’ve done something,” Saroya said. 

The committee put a sealed small box with a hole on top in the pantry with a pen and paper. Residents could write the number of meals they might need for Thanksgiving in the sealed box, where their names would be kept anonymous. 

“Everyone is close to the poverty line, it doesn’t matter if you’re making a six-figure salary because all it takes is one layoff, one divorce, or one big incident or for somebody to become sick in the family before you’ve gone from being rich or upper-middle-class to [experiencing poverty]. So, it is a huge deal for people to take part in the [Thanksgiving] tradition,” Saroya said. 

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The community’s response to the Karma Pantry initiative has been extremely positive. “We got so many messages from so many people that we didn’t even know, on Facebook as soon as it was announced, within minutes, we got people messaging us saying, ‘I’d like to help,’” Saroya shared. Some people helped monetarily, while others devoted their time to help make meals. 

‘It speaks about Beaumont [as a community]. The Karma Pantry is the spirit of our community because they really show what Beaumont is about, and [most importantly] the pantry is a symbol of the people in the city,” Saroya said.

To learn more about the Karma Pantry, visit facebook.com/goodkarmafreepantry/.

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