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by Linda LeTendre

Waging Peace

A Daily Gazette community blog
Linda LeTendre fights for a peaceful world.

Earning brownie points with God

If you're looking to earn some “brownie points” with God, there's a great opportunity coming up this Sunday, June 12, in Saratoga Springs.

Three local faith groups are working together to raise funds for domestic flood victims: the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rotterdam Junction and two Saratoga Springs congregations: Temple Sinai and the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church (PNECC) . All proceeds will go to ShelterBox USA, a disaster relief program of Rotary International.

The three groups are hosting a dinner featuring Indian/Pakistani and American food for those with palates with more narrowly defined gastronomical boundaries. Vegetarian Indian food will also be available. They will be serving dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, located at 24 Circular St. in Saratoga Springs.

To warm the cockels of your hearts, when the Hindu community learned of the event this past Saturday, they called and asked what they could do to help and be a part of the event.

And let me tell you, the folks at the Ahmadiyya community can cook. I've had the pleasure of being hosted by them on a number of occasions and I've never come away disappointed or hungry.

According to their website, “ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.” Learn more about this great program by clicking .

ShelterBox is on the ground within 24 hours in places that have suffered floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Included are a tent, blankets, water purifier, cook and heating stove, eating and cooking utensils, tools and other essential items. An actual Shelter Box will be on display for the event.

Each box costs $1,000 and we're hoping to raise enough for three boxes.

Having Muslims, Jews and Christians (and now the Hindus) working together cooperatively for a good cause is making the government a bit nervous, so I figure I've already got my $10 worth by keeping my tax dollars on their toes.

So for $10, you get a great meal, foster peace through interfaith cooperation and keep the government busy -- talk about bang for the buck!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children and $30 for a Family (2 adults and up to 4 children). Seating is continuous for dine-in and takeout is available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the PNECC office at 584-6091.

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