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Spreading warmth: With NRI aid, Kila Raipur’s youth club to distribute 10,000 blankets for charity

Kila Raipur’s ‘Youth Sports Club’ (YSC) is all set to spread a little warmth in the lives of destitute, by distributing nearly 10, 000 blankets to save them from the winter chill. The club members will realise this act of philanthropy with the help of financial aid from the village non-resident Indians (NRI).

punjab Updated: Dec 08, 2016 16:37 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
The club aims to distribute at least 10,000 blankets.
The club aims to distribute at least 10,000 blankets.(HT representative Image)

Kila Raipur’s ‘Youth Sports Club’ (YSC) is all set to spread a little warmth in the lives of destitute, by distributing nearly 10, 000 blankets to save them from the winter chill. The club members will realise this act of philanthropy with the help of financial aid from the village non-resident Indians (NRI).

 On Wednesday morning, a group of representatives from YSC commenced with its first purchase from the blanket market located at Chaura Bazaar and shared that they will travel all over the state to ensure their blankets reach those who genuinely need them. 

“It is a well known fact that frosty weather snuffs away many precious lives every year, especially that of beggars and homeless people, who are generally spotted around bus stands, railway stations and on footpaths as majority of them have no blankets or warm clothes to save themselves from the biting cold. So, we along with our NRI villagers who do not wish to be named or take credit for donations, decided to distribute blankets,” said Paramjit Singh Grewal, who leads YSC. He added that by January, the club aims to distribute at least 10,000 blankets. 

We can’t leave the poor solely dependent on our local administration, as every year the administration fails to save them from cold weather, which proves fatal. Lovey Grewal, YSC member

Another member, Lovey Grewal, added, “Currently, we are making plans on how to begin with the distribution but to be efficient, we have decided to form groups and shortlist the areas that can be covered. On top of that, we have also made a video about this plan and shared it on Facebook page of our village where we have requested our viewers to suggest the areas that we should visit for distribution or any needy individuals or non-governmental organisations (NGO) they know that could be given the blankets.” 

He further said, “We can’t leave the poor solely dependent on our local administration for such a help, as every year, the administration fails to chalk out any effective plan to save them from cold weather, which proves fatal.” 

 When it comes to the video of YSC, within few hours of its upload on Facebook, it has been shared by 7,000 times in different parts of the world, about 500 comments that appreciate their aim and thousands of likes. Some have also suggested some blind schools and orphanages for distribution, to which YSC has replied in affirmation and have appealed for more such suggestions. 

Members in the same video have also urged the public in general that rather than wasting money on ostentatious weddings and unwanted shopping, one should save money and contribute it towards some noble cause. 

The villagers have lauded the club members and added that almost every month YSC members promote philanthropy in a different manner. Throwing light on some of their noble acts for which they collect donations from among themselves besides support from NRIs, it includes distribution of sweaters, socks and shoes last month to 100 students of village Government Primary School; distribution of sweet boxes every Diwali to slum dwellers of the village and nearby villages; collecting donations for treatments of needy villagers; motivating youngsters towards sports and a healthy lifestyle, to mention a few.