Letter to the Editor:  

Sai Datta Peetham (SDP) was founded by Mr. Raghu Sarma Sankaramanchi in February,  2014, based upon four pillars.  The four pillars for the Peetham are Annaprasadam, Satsang, Charity and Educational Sponsorship for deserving students.  The Peetham is founded based on the preachings of Shiridi Sai Baba.  When Saint Sai Baba was alive, his principals were collated in a book "Sai Satcharitra", based on SDP's main mission to feed the hungry and to help the needy.  Donating the school supplies to the children is a gesture of the mission to serve the South Plainfield and Edison school districts.

From day one, Sai Datta Peetham started contributing sandwiches, chips, snack bars, and boxes of fruit every weekend to the resident homeless shelters in and around the area.  Priest Raghu Sankaramanchi's mission, through the Peetham, is to follow Sai Baba's words and put them into action to help our community.  Subhadra Patibandia reached out to Debbie Boyle to ask that she, once again attend the charity program to donate school supplies for families in need with children in school.   This is the 7th year that the Peetham has donated school supplies. which includes pencils, binders, notebooks, folders, crayons, calculators, hand sanitizers, scissors and markers.    Pictured are Subha Patibandia the Charity Leader, Priest Raghu Sankaramanchi, Upendra Chivukula serving as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and served more than 12 years in the New Jersey General Assembly as Deputy Speaker and chairs the Temple’s Executive Committee, Ashok Baddi, Debbie Boyle, Kristine Keefe who is a teacher in Edison for the past 20 years and lives in South Plainfield along with her son Dean.  Kristine lives with her husband and two children in South Plainfield.  Also in attendance were Lucy Patruni,  New Road School in Somerset, Disha, a sophomore in high school who sold all her old book to help pay for the school supplies donations,  along with Shridhar who is a 7th grade student at John Adams, their mother Priyanks Garg, Mural Medicherla, Executive Director, Satish Pondi a parent and attorney,  Jerry Shi, Edison Board of Education, along with members of the Peetham.  The Sai Datta Peetham holds Sunday School where they are looking to teach empathy and charity to the children at a young age and they are hoping to continue encouraging the families to participate in the Sunday School.  Again thank you to Subhadra Patibandla for organizing this charity donation event and carrying  out your mission.  Please reach out to Debbie Boyle to obtain back packs and school supplies for those in need.  908 803 1573.