Diwali for Delhi-ites is not just about bursting crackers and gifting sweets to friends. Youngsters in the city are finding a new way to celebrate the festival. They are busy packing goodies for a an initiative called Shoebox Full Of Smiles being run by a social group named Get Alive.
Started last month, the initiative has already collected more than 1,200 shoeboxes full of goodies which will be distributed among underprivileged children on Diwali.
“It’s a very simple initiative open to people from all walks of life. All you have to do is fill a little shoebox with goodies, stationary or a soft toy between Rs 200-Rs 400 and wrap it in a colourful paper,” says Namita Anand, founder, Get Alive. “We have tied up with 11 schools for underprivileged children where we will be distributing these shoeboxes,” she adds.
The group has collection centres in different colonies of the city where people can drop in their shoeboxes. “A lot of people are volunteering with the campaign. Some have given space in their homes as collection centres, while others are helping with the packing, transportation and distribution of gifts,” says Anand.
The campaign has seen participation from a lot of young people who are bored of gifting mithais to relatives every year and want to try something new. “I am actively participating in the shoebox initiative this year as it’s lot of fun. Spreading cheer amongst these children gives true happiness,” says Kanika Kohli, 28, strategist consultant in the city.
“It was exciting to buy lots of stationary and pack it in different boxes. It took me back me back to my childhood,” says Jaya Basera, 25, a research scholar in the city has contributed four boxes with friends.
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