Day: July 27, 2023

75 Days of Hope: Saving Lives at Swaminarayan Akshardham’s Blood Drive

July 27, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—BAPS Charities, in collaboration with local hospitals and organizations, proudly announces the commencement of a blood donation drive at Swaminarayan Akshardham USA in Robbinsville, New Jersey. This extraordinary event will last for over ten weeks, making it one of the largest blood drives in the state. With an ambitious target of collecting no less than 6,000 pints of blood, the drive has the potential to impact and save up to 18,000 lives.    

The blood drive welcomes all eligible donors and invites participation from the local Robbinsville community and those living across North America. Anticipating a substantial turnout, organizers expect thousands of donors to come from nearly every corner of the USA and Canada. The donated blood will be distributed to hospitals and organizations within the region. Notable partners supporting this noble cause include the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, New Jersey Blood Services, RWJBarnabas Health, Vitalant, and The American Red Cross, who have joined hands with BAPS Charities to ensure the sustainability and success of this life-saving initiative.    

Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried (@mayordavefried), along with Council President Deborah Blakely and Councilwoman Christine Ciaccio, inaugurated the blood drive, marking yet another significant chapter in Mayor Fried’s unwavering commitment to community service. Renowned for his impactful “Pay it Forward” initiative, which has raised over $450,000 for those in need, as well as his advocacy for barrier-free housing, Mayor Fried recognized the Swaminarayan Akshardham blood drive as a crucial opportunity to give back to the community. Expressing admiration for the Akshardham campus, Mayor Fried enthusiastically stated, “The scale of this operation is truly unique, and I’m excited to be a part of it. The selfless mission that BAPS has is an inspiration to all of us, and I’m glad that they chose Robbinsville.”    

Looking back on the selfless service of BAPS volunteers during a previous blood drive hosted by Robbinsville Township, Mayor Fried shared, “We were having a difficult time with volunteers. We called up BAPS at 10:30 am and by 3 pm, we had to call back and say, ‘Okay, you need to stop sending volunteers’.

The volunteerism they have is truly remarkable and you see it here in this facility.” Councilwoman Ciaccio, a respected member of the Robbinsville township council since 2007, also echoed these sentiments.

At the heart of the blood drive campaign lies one of the core aspirations of Swaminarayan Akshardham: to inspire selfless service for the betterment of society. Council President Blakely remarked, “There is so much diversity in Robbinsville, which is amazing. When we come together as a community, you learn from each other, you understand each other, and you start to get more involved. I thank you guys for doing this.”        

BAPS Charities holds an impressive historical record of hosting nearly 500 blood drives in the US alone since 2006. With their tireless efforts toward generating enough blood to save an astounding 56,000 American lives, the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to continually contributing to national healthcare. Notably, BAPS Charities’ global impact spans back to 1981, with numerous large-scale blood donation drives conducted worldwide. In furthering its mission to make a difference, the organization has also partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise awareness and support for breast cancer.    

Sanskruti Brahmbhatt, a dedicated pre-med student at Seton Hall University and the President of the University Blood Initiative, expressed her heartfelt gratitude, stating, “As a BAPS volunteer, I’m thankful to the Robbinsville and Mercer community for welcoming the Akshardham project and for partnering with us to give back.”    

The commencement of this blood donation drive demonstrates the collective strength and compassion of Mayor Dave Fried and the Robbinsville Township, BAPS Charities, and the blood donation organizations of New Jersey. As this campaign progresses, the drive looks forward to positively impacting countless lives and reinforcing the importance of selfless service and unity within the community.

To participate in the blood donation drive, please visit or visit the BAPS Charities website at or contact 1-888-227-3881.

About Swaminarayan Akshardham:

Swaminarayan Akshardham is a landmark of Hindu architecture and culture. It stands as a symbol of unity, harmony, and selfless service and bridges the heritage of ancient India with modern America. Created by BAPS and under the inspiration of its revered spiritual leaders Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Mahant Swami Maharaj, this awe-inspiring spiritual sanctuary embodies their visionary guidance and unwavering commitment to humanity.  

Akshardham came to life through the unwavering dedication of thousands of volunteers from diverse walks of life and across the globe, making it a true expression of love. Over a span of fifteen years, this collective effort meticulously embraced the Hindu architectural traditions and resulted in the creation of a masterpiece built to withstand the test of time. Envisioned to grace the world for a thousand years to come, Akshardham stands strong, imparting timeless messages of peace, hope, and harmony to future generations.

About BAPS Charities:

BAPS Charities is a global charity active in nine countries across five continents. With over 50 years of experience in humanitarian work, BAPS Charities aims to establish a spirit of selfless service through health awareness, educational services, humanitarian relief, environmental protection & preservation, and community empowerment. In critical times, BAPS Charities has swiftly responded to the needs of affected communities and mobilized volunteers and resources to provide crucial aid. From conducting local activities, such as hosting community health fairs, to global efforts, like sustaining schools and hospitals, BAPS Charities provides a platform for individuals wishing to serve locally and globally.

Pipe Bombs Found In Traffic Stop In Hamilton Township; Mt. Laurel Man Charged

July 27, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police reported that on Wednesday July 26, 2023, at approximately 10:57 a.m., Officer Broniszewski and Officer McGowan were in the area of South Broad Street and Oldfield Avenue when they conducted a motor vehicle stop on a green Honda. During the stop the Officers located four metal pipes with caps and green wicks consistent with being pipe bombs on the passenger side floor inside the vehicle. The driver was detained and South Broad Street was shut down between Harcourt Avenue and Churchill Avenue. The surrounding businesses and residences were also evacuated as a precaution. The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit was contacted and responded to the scene and took possession of the devices for destruction. The suspect was placed under arrest and identified as Jeremy Giliberti, 51, of Mt. Laurel. Search warrants were applied for Giliberti’s residence and additional vehicles and one more device was located inside of his residence. The New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit took possession of the additional device.

Giliberti was charged with Possession of Destructive Device. Giliberti was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

The Hamilton Police Division would like to thank the New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit, FBI, ATF, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, and Mt. Laurel Police Department for their assistance.  

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Bob Whartenby of the Hamilton Police Division Major Crimes Unit at (609) 581-4032 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Jeremy Giliberti, 51, of Mt. Laurel was charged with Possession of Destructive Device. Giliberti was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

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