Noida: Good Samaritan spirit continues to sway residents of Noida with the mercury dropping to record low this winter. The Welfare Team of 7x societies distributed blankets to the destitute in and around Noida and Ghaziabad in a two-day charity drive.
Residents of Assotech Windsor Court (AWC), Antriksh Golf View (AGV) 2, Mahagun Moderne, Saya Zion (Noida Extension) and Mahagun Puram (Ghaziabad) took an initiative to provide woolen blankets to 100-odd people sleeping on the roads braving the harsh winter chill.
Talking to CitySpidey, Brajesh Sharma, a resident of AGV 2 said, "Our focus was to find people who are in dire need. So, we went to places like bus stand where generally people seek shelter to sleep at night. We, eight volunteers from Noida and six from Ghaziabad, volunteered to undertake the task."
Sharing his experience, he said during their interaction, many asked for slippers and woolen clothes they were badly in need of to protect themselves from the vagaries of the weather. Nevertheless, a single blanket brought a huge smile on their faces.
According to the volunteers, though the government has erected 'rain basera' (night shelter) tents with the blanket facility, a large population still sleeps in the open due to paucity of space for these tents. Labourers, rickshaw pullers and daily-wagers either sleep under flyovers, footpaths, bus stands or metro stations where the concrete is freezing cold.
The experience proved a morale booster to the volunteers. They are now determined to continue with their mission and reach out to many more people in need of warmth in the ongoing winter, the coldest in a century.
Giriraj from AWC said they started late in the night and roamed in the vicinity till 1 am in search of the needy.
“Such initiatives,” he said “have a ripple effect. We are doing it today, others will follow suit tomorrow. Social media plays an important role in motivating people for the humanitarian cause.”