From Free Burgers to Free Goods, Calgarians Show Their Holiday Spirit | PKBNEWS

Long before the truck arrived, long queues formed near the McKnight-Westwinds station.

Rumor has it that Calgary’s Sikh community delivered boxes of free goods – all donated by the Sikh community – on Christmas Eve to anyone who shows up.

The Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen concept is seen around the world, but was only introduced to Calgary this summer by a man involved with the Regina charity.

“Our religion dictates that whatever you earn, you donate 10% to a good cause,” said Sandeep Sandhu of Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen in Calgary.

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The practice of communal cooking and Seva – selfless service to humanity – are philosophies taught by the first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji hundreds of years ago.

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For the Sikh community, the Free Kitchen is an opportunity for us to extend that Sikh spirit of helping people in need. Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen volunteers also serve hot meals at the Drop In Centre.

“It gives me peace of mind and satisfaction,” Sandhu said.

Sabrina Wozny was grateful to receive fresh fruits and vegetables.

“It’s really important, it’s been a difficult year. The products are very expensive and it’s just amazing for me and my son,” Wozny said.

The owners of Flipp’n Burgers have donated 1,000 burgers to the Drop in Centre, Mustard Seed and anyone who stops in Kensington in northwest Calgary. This is the fourth year the family has donated meals on Christmas Eve.

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“My family believes in giving back. They are from Albania so they came as immigrants and they are just trying to help in any way they can. We’re just trying to keep the tradition going on the 24th,” said Jorgji Qiro, co-owner of Flipp’n Burgers.

“It’s obviously a lot of work, but in the end, it’s worth it.”

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It takes a lot of hands to make 1,000 burgers – staff who work at the restaurant were up early Saturday morning to volunteer on the burger assembly line.

“It’s Christmas time and everyone deserves a hot meal,” said volunteer Penny Martinez. “It makes me feel good and I’ve been here a while so there are a lot of familiar faces and it’s just nice to give back to the neighborhood,”

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