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The Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj in Irving presents a check to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj in Irving presents a check to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

When Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj (SLPS), an Indian community in Irving, heard about the earthquake in Nepal, members didn’t hesitate to help. They held a small event the day after the quake and raised more than $100,000.

“Our members were very generous,” said SLPS president Raj Patel. “We treat Nepal as our own country.”

He noted that even a child donated. Henna Patel, 10, of Dallas, gave $1,300 that she was saving in her piggy bank.

SLPS community leaders recently gathered at the center’s Irving home to present checks to several groups. Michael Heaton, major gifts officer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Dallas, accepted $25,000.

In two days, UNICEF delivered 29 metric tons of humanitarian supplies to reach at least 1.7 million children living in areas hardest hit. Heaton added that the UNICEF office in Nepal was affected.

The Nepalese Society of North Texas, the American Red Cross and the Charitable Care Foundation also received checks ranging from $12,500 to $30,000.

Sri Gaur accepted $30,000 on behalf of SEWA USA, a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit. He said the international charity has a presence in Nepal and started helping immediately.

To learn more about the local Nepalese community, visit ournst.org.

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