The Green Team has been organising donation camps in societies to collect just about anything — old shoes, worn-out caps — to give out to the needy.
What better way to beat the chill slowly settling in than sharing warmth — especially with those who don’t have much on them. So enterprising residents from over 10 high-rises in Ahinsa Khand, under the banner Green Team, have been organising donation camps in societies to collect just about anything — old shoes, worn-out caps, clothes.
Notices were put up in societies to deliver the items to the collection area of the society, from where the bags would later be delivered at the main collection point at Rishabh Platinum Society.
The drive has been on since the second week of November.
A member sorts out the collected stuff
However, the collection process has been halted for the time, said Priyanka Gupta of Ashiana Upvan. The reason? “A lot of donated packages have been collected, but the items have to be segregated. It’s a tedious process, and we still have to distribute a lot of the collected items.”
Agreeing, Jayati Jain of Rishabh Platinum said, “Residents usually deliver things in one bag, with everything. These items need to be segregated, and that’s a tedious and time-taking process. We have opened all the packages and separated the items according age groups, such as 0-3years, 4-12 years. Items for children have been distributed in local government-run schools, while other things are being given out to construction workers in the nearby areas,” elaborated Jain.
Anil Kukreja from Ashiana Green brings in the donations
Gupta, a school teacher, also teaches at a school for under-privileged children in Princess Park Society. She keeps a part of the collection for her school at Princess Park. “I select and keep items such as caps, shoes for the children. Winter is already here, and they need shoes. It gives me a lot of happiness to see their faces light up the moment they get the items,” she added.
The members are also thankful to the AOAs of the area, who helped in managing the donations.
“We will very soon initiate the second phase of the drive, when we’ll collect blankets and other similar items to distribute in the winter,” Jain confimed.