You Can Light Up Someone's Diwali At Just Rs 10
Diwali is not a festival of crackers but it's a festival of giving and sharing. For many of us, this is the time to give. Diwali being just 10 days away, buildings are collecting a “Deepavali fund” for staff; companies are handing out bonuses; and people buying expensive gifts for friends and family. The gift-wrapped packages are getting bigger and the feasts are getting grander. This time of the year we spend our money making us and our house look beautiful. But do spare a thought to people living not too far from you, the less-fortunate-ones.
But thankfully there are various NGOs who are coming up with initiatives to make Diwali equally bright for the lesser privileged. One of them is a Vadodara-based NGO, Ananda Charitable Trust. This NGO plans on organizing Khushiyon nu Kabaat or a Cupboard of Happiness at the end of the month.
It will be like pop-up retail, where beneficiaries can purchase toys, clothes, footwear, bags, sports equipment, household items and stationery, among other things. But the best part is, according to the trustees, all products would be available at just Rs 10.
They have tied up with all prominent cafes, clubs, restaurants and stores in the city who placed drums provided by the NGO so that the people could donate things which they no longer needed.
The sale will be held at Akota Atithi Gruh, on October 28th, it is believed that more than 51,000 products will be available for the sale.
Though it's not the first time this NGO has taken up such an initiative– a similar sale was held by this NGO in 2017, but at a smaller scale.
According to the NGO, the products left behind after the sale for Diwali, will be sold to construction workers in the city, and the neighbouring Panchmahal, at a token price tag of Re 1. There is a very noble reason behind taking up such a herculean task, other than giving and making diwali brighter for the poor, they also hope to use the proceeds from the sale by sponsoring the education on 95 students, who dropped-out due to the dearth of funds.
So let’s do something different this Diwali. Let’s spread the light and happiness to the less fortunate families. Let’s give a toy to a child or clothes to a person and when you do that, I say flaunt it who knows who you might inspire. Charity need not be extravagant. Let's celebrate this festival as it should be, lets celebrate it as festival of giving.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi
Picture Source : The Better India; Times Of India; Ourvadodara.com
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