After days of record rainfall, residents living in the shadow of the Oroville Dam in Northern California were ordered to evacuate their homes. State officials feared that the combination of severe storms, a damaged concrete spillway, and an eroding earthen spillway would damage levees and flood the communities below.
Evacuees and Sikhs chat at Shri Guru Ravidass temple in Rio Linda, Calif., north of Sacramento. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
"We don't know how long they are going to be staying here. It depends on their situations. We welcome everyone for as long as they want to stay here." - Ranjeet Singh, the manager of the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh temple.
In response to these displacements, members of the local Sikh community offered their temple as a place of shelter for evacuees. Generosity to the less fortunate and acts of goodness are central to the Sikh faith. The Oroville Sikh community’s acts of kindness come at a time when Sikh communities nationwide are being targeted by hate crimes.