Manav Ekta Diwas (Human Unity Day)
Blood Drive

Sant Nirankari Mission Atlanta Branch went out of board for blood drive and organized five different blood drives in South Carolina on April 15, 2017 and four different blood drives throughout Metro Atlanta are on April 22, 2017. Sant Nirankari Mission strives to have an active role in the community and this is one of the many ways the mission in contributing to a noble cause by collaborating with “Blood Connection” blood bank from South Carolina and “Life South” blood bank from Atlanta to serve the humanity. This event was dedicated to Manav Ekta Diwas (Human Unity Day), which is celebrated in April in remembrance of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, Chacha Pratap Singh ji and many other saints who sacrificed their life for the Mission to uphold the ideals of Truth, non-violence, and tolerance.

The Atlanta branch, wanted to put His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj's words to action. As per the divine words of His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji, "Blood should flow in veins, not in the drains" was the sole purpose of organizing this event to put His words into actions. In the past, Sant Nirankari Mission has collaborated with Life South to bring donors together to actively donate. Last year, Atlanta branch had organized five blood drives in Atlanta itself which was very successful. This year the volunteers decided to go beyond the boundaries to neighboring state of South Carolina which also was very fruitful. Service to mankind is serving God. With the principal commitment to spiritual awakening, the Nirankari Mission participates in several social-welfare activities to implement the message of Nirankari Babaji, “Life gets a meaning, if it is lived for others”.

The drives in South Carolina were held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm in five different Walmart locations to accommodate large numbers of donors and collected 128 units. The drives in Atlanta were held on April 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in three different Wal-Marts centers like Alpharetta, Cummings, Atlanta and one in Dacula Kroger store. Altogether, up to 120 units of blood was collected. Saints from different branches such as Florida, Chicago, and North Carolina came to take part in this Humanness event. A few saints also gave blood as a part of their devotion to the Satguru and have made Mission a leading voluntary blood donation movement, which has been acclaimed at national and international level.

People from all walks of life came to donate and were introduced to the Mission’s philosophy and ideals of Peace, Love and Tolerance. The volunteers ranging from age five to eighty-five were present with enthusiasm and dedication to serving selflessly and inspiring others to serve as well. The volunteers worked hard to get the by standers and the walkers to come and donate. The donors were also provided with refreshments and snacks such as juice, water, granola bars and potato puffs as well free T- shits.
The Blood Connection team truly appreciated and thanked all the volunteers and the donors for yet another successful blood drive event. They also appreciated the selfless humanitarian work done by Sant Nirankari Mission and has already booked Sant Nirankari Mission for next year to participate in the community to organize more blood drives in additional locations. The presence of Rev Harlivleen Bajwa, executive member social & welfare department also was a highlight and added colors to the event in South Carolina. The blood drives in Atlanta were blessed by special appearance of Rev Gobind Singh, Executive In charge social & welfare department and Publication and Rev. Meena Singh.

All the saints were grateful to Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji for her blessings and teachings of working shoulder to shoulder and they look forward to next year with even more dedication and zeal to serve with humility and share our resources to heal, enrich and empower millions around the globe.