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City gets in the mood, spreads joy of giving

This Christmas, you will neither have to wear a red costume, nor stick on a silky white beard, to spread some cheer amongst children in the city. Reetika Subramanian reports.

mumbai Updated: Dec 22, 2011 02:08 IST
Reetika Subramanian

This Christmas, you will neither have to wear a red costume, nor stick on a silky white beard, to spread some cheer amongst children in the city.

The St Catherine’s Orphanage in Bandra has launched the Secret Santa Project, to collect Christmas presents for 240 children in the orphanage.

The project was initiated by Shreya Naik, 22, an artist manager. Naik will drop presents outside children’s dormitories on Christmas Eve and is open to anyone who is interested in contributing gifts for the children in the orphanage. “The gifts can range from stationery to storybooks and toys. The only requirement is they be gift wrapped and sent to me a day in advance,” said Naik, who has sent emails and text messages to her friends to join the project and spread Christmas cheer.

“Those who cannot send gifts can also help me secretly drop the presents on Christmas Eve. My aim is to keep the concept of Santa alive in the hearts of these children,” said Naik. “There’s no better feeling than receiving a secret present.”

At the St Paul’s Church in Bandra, the audi-visual department of the church will be launching its first home production on Christmas.

The documentary will focus on the joy of sharing on Christmas and talk about the origin of the practice of giving at the time of Jesus Christ’s birth. “The film, aptly titled ‘Joy of Giving,’ will be screened at schools, colleges and in the parish. The film talks about spreading the joy by taking time out of our busy schedules. We need to ensure that the essence of Christmas is not lost with time,” said Father Alexander Anandam, from the St Paul’s Church.

“Keeping in mind the theme of celebrations, we will release DVDs of the film on December 25. We are confident that the film will inspire people to make a difference,” he added.

Matunga resident Rushabh Turakhia, 34, is hoping to spread smiles on Christmas with the help of a visiting card that states, “Your Turn Now.” Turakhia will give the card to anyone who he does a good deed for.

The person receiving the card will, in turn, to a good deed for another person and pass on the card.

“Acknowledging a person’s good deed is the best way to spread smiles,” said Turakhia. “The person doesn’t have to thank you back but pay it ahead by being kind or by being there for someone else,” he added.