On Saturday, May 6th, 2023, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Secaucus, NJ, held a blood and platelet donation drive in partnership with the Secaucus Police Department and RWJ Barnabas Health. By donating blood and platelets, we are able to help save lives and provide sustaince to those in need. Swaminarayan Bhagwan has graced us with great health, so it is only right that we can share this blessing with others in need.

In Swaminarayan Gadi, saving a life is considered a selfless and impactful act due to our emphasis on the principles of compassion, non-violence, and the inherent value of all living beings. Furthermore, the Swaminarayan religion places a strong emphasis on non-violence (ahimsa). Ahimsa is considered one of our core values, and it entails refraining from causing harm to any living being, whether physically, emotionally, or mentally. Saving a life aligns with the principle of ahimsa by actively preventing harm or violence towards another being.

The Swaminarayan tradition encourages its followers to engage in acts of service and selflessness. By saving a life, individuals demonstrate their commitment to helping others and fulfilling their moral obligations. This act of selflessness not only benefits the person whose life is saved but also promotes a more compassionate and harmonious society.

Our very own Acharya Swamiji Maharaj also emphasizes the importance of donating blood. With Acharya Swamiji Maharaj's divine blessings, Secaucus Temple was able to garner 70 registrations, however, 16 potential donors were deemed medically ineligible. In terms of donations, there were 47 units of blood, 10 units of red cells, 3 platelet donations, 1 plasma donation and 27 plasma units made. In total, 88 patients will have their lives sustained or saved as a result of this drive! During the blood drive, local officials visited the temple to provide their support and encouragement for the cause! Secaucus Temple provided refreshments and lunch for all blood drive volunteers and donors. We want to say thank you to the Secaucus Police Department, RWJ Barnabas Health, volunteers, and donors that made the blood drive a success!