How did you celebrate the Joy of Giving week? This kid, and a man he met, found a great way to celebrate ‘giving’ and collect joy in the process.
The Joy of Giving week (also known as Daan Utsav) is celebrated from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8 every year. And like every year, 2015 has also witnessed the country being abuzz with stories of people taking various steps for the happiness of others, and to celebrate giving. Be it with something as small as a candy or an ice cream treat for a stranger, to as big as educating a child, people are doing whatever they can, in whichever way they can.
Colleges are organizing donation drives, schools are going out with the kids to thank police officials for their services, some are going to give free hugs in old age homes, while others are organising food drives. The joy of giving week, dedicated to spreading joy and earning happiness in return for doing something for someone, gives us a chance to observe many extraordinary activities.
So here’s a short film produced by Anurag Kashyap that will surely spread some smiles. A story that is sad and beautiful at the same time. This is the story:
A kid steals from a shop and then runs away laughing…
He steals more throughout the day…
And after chasing him for a while, an employee of the shop finds out the real reason why the kid has been stealing all day!
He comes back the next morning – back to the same shop, caught red handed by the same man.
But this time, he is allowed to take whatever he wants…
But then he steals yet again!
Find out in this short film here:
People organize and also participate in events of their liking, some which are organized by individuals, and others by different organizations. According to the Joy of Giving Week website, in 2013, more than 2 million people had participated in over 900 events held across 80 cities of India. It resulted in people raising several crores and donating in the form of money, resources and volunteer hours.
It was between Nov 2008 and Feb 2009 that many NGOs and individuals together decided that there should be an “India Giving Week” – an open platform for everyone to give back to the society, which later got the name, “Joy of Giving Week”.
While this is just one week, the joy of giving never ceases to exist. So we must grab the chance and collect that joy, as much as we can.
This video was originally published here.