Get Alive Gurgaon, a social and outdoor activity group of urban professionals, is doing it all to bring smiles on the faces of underprivileged children.
Last month, the group launched a special campaign 'A Shoebox Full of Smiles' to collect Diwali gifts for the children. It has collected 215 gift boxes, including sweaters and shoes, for the kids of charitable schools such as Bagiya and Disha.
The success of the campaign lies in its simplicity. Contributors were asked to donate a shoebox containing gifts worth R200-R400.
Many schools have appreciated the initiative. "Thanks to Get Alive's efforts, our children will have a sparkling Diwali this time," says Shilpa Sonal, administrator, Bagiya.
Mridu Goel, who heads Disha, shared similar sentiments. "We are excited for our children. This is the first time they will be getting such lovely gifts."
Joy of giving
Those taking part in the campaign say that making someone smile is the best way to celebrate the festival of lights. "The campaign is better than spending money at Diwali melas or contributing blindly to social organisations," says Neerja Tripathy, a volunteer collecting the gift boxes. "I was happy to wrap a gift box for someone of my age," says Neha Goyal, a participant.