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Spread some Diwali cheer through charity

art-and-culture Updated: Nov 02, 2012 17:08 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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The festive season is all about gifting. And there are many options to do good while choosing ways to send your greetings to your loved ones. Several NGOs come out with cards for Diwali, the proceeds of which go towards various charities. Opt for one of these packs and bring a smile to someone’s face this year.

Koshish - Centre For The Deaf
Charity
: Everything from the detection of hearing impairment to rehabilitation of the deaf.
Cost: Each card comes with an envelope and costs Rs . They have pictures of hearing-impaired students in various moods or activities, shot by in-house photographers.
Contact: Call 2883 4629

Cancer Patients Aid Association
Charity
: The proceeds go towards the treatment and rehabilitation of poor cancer patients and their families.
Cost: The cost per card is Rs 10.25, with an additional VAT of 5 per cent. They offer a cash-on-delivery option.
Contact: Call 2492 8775 or email anju.gupta@cancer.org.in

Aseema
Charity
: The cards are handmade by underprivileged children and the proceeds go towards their education.
Cost: The cost of each card is Rs 22, which is inclusive of the envelope. The size of the cards is 4.5X6 inch. They are blank inside. On the back of each card is a short write-up on Aseema. Shipping and courier charges will be extra.
Contact: Call 2648 8034, 6538 8034 or 2640 7248. Email products@aseema.org / contact@aseema.org

El Shaddai Charitable Trust
Charity
: The proceeds from the sale of these cards goes towards the betterment of orphans, street children and children from economically desperate conditions. They are cared for and provided with food, clothing, shelter and education.
Cost: Each 4 1/4 x 6 inch card is handmade and costs Rs 145. Shipping is free.
Contact: Log on to ebay.in

NGO Narad
Charity:
The hand-made paper greeting cards have Warli work on them. They are made by tribal artisans from Jawhar. Through the sale of these products, they hope to eventually become self-sustaining.
Cost: One card costs Rs 45; a set of eight costs Rs 286. Shipping is free.
Contact: Call 02520 223464, or log on to ebay.in

Akanksha Foundation
Charity
: The Akanksha Foundation reaches over 4,500 children through 13 schools and 40 after-school centres in Mumbai and Pune. Money from the profits goes towards education of children from low-income communities.
Cost: Rs 10 per card for textured paper and Rs 8 per card for glossy paper. Discounts available for orders over 5,000 cards.
Contact: Call 2370 0253 or email sana.ansari@akanksha.org