With the Festival of Lights on our doorstep, everyone in the nation and worldwide is in a celebratory mood, stocking up on new clothes, and other gifts for themselves and their loved ones.
At times like these, it does help to spare a thought for the less fortunate.
That is exactly what this Vadodara-based initiative is doing this Diwali.
The Times of India reports that the city-based NGO will organise ‘Khushiyon nu Kabaat’ or a Cupboard of Happiness, on the lines of pop-up retail, at the end of the month, where beneficiaries can purchase toys, clothes, footwear, bags, sports equipment, household items and stationery, among other things.
The trustees of the Ananda Charitable Trust said that all products would be available at a low price of Rs 10.
All prominent cafes, clubs, restaurants and stores in the city have drums placed by the NGO, where the city’s inhabitants donated various items as charity.
Collected until October 21, these items were then taken to the NGO’s sorting centre, where they are being repaired and repacked, to give them a new look.
The sale will be held at the Akota Atithi Gruh, on October 28th, where around 51,000 products will be available for sale for Diwali.
This isn’t the first time the NGO has held such an event – a similar sale was held by the NGO in 2017, but each year the number of donations, and the event, seems to be growing ever larger.
The products left behind after the sale for Diwali, will be further sold to construction workers in the city, and the neighbouring Panchmahal, at a token price tag of Re 1. The proceeds from the sale will be used for sponsoring the education on 95 students, who left their studies due to the dearth of funds.
Well, the NGO is surely pulling off a grand feat in support of a noble cause, and we wish them all the very best.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)