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‘Tis the season of giving: Visit these NGOs to be someone’s Secret Santa

This winter season, extend a helping hand to the needy. We help you locate donation centres in Delhi-NCR; and the dos and don’ts of donation to make sure your heartwarming gesture looks just right.

delhi Updated: Dec 23, 2017 18:10 IST
Naina Arora
Even Bollywood stars have been a part of donation drives in Delhi-NCR.
Even Bollywood stars have been a part of donation drives in Delhi-NCR.

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This Christmas, share your blessings with others, as we give you a low-down on the non-government organisations, and foundations that work round the clock to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged and needy. Take your pick from volunteering, and donating warm winter clothes, to distributing food, books or kitchenware. That’s the least you can do to spread smiles.


Volunteers of Goonj arrange a stack of donated items.

Founded in 1999, Goonj is a social enterprise that accepts all kinds of materials from clothes, books to kitchenware. These materials should be in a usable condition and not wet, dirty or soiled. The materials should be packed in a carton or bag with your address and contact details on it. To donate, you can head to the nearest dropping center of Goonj, their office, or at any collection camp/drives that they might have organized. Visit www.goonj.org to know more about them.

“The materials received go through a process of sorting, segregating, and preparing. Then, they are packed into different kits. These kits (comprising of everyday essentials) are then sent to rural communities. The systematic process of sending the material to the last person aims at dignifying the act of giving and receiving,” says, co-founder Meenakshi Gupta.

Clothes Box Foundation

Founders Sajan Abrol and Naman Ahluwalia (in white t-shirts), Clothes Box Foundation during a donation drive in Gurgaon.

CBF provides clean and warm clothes to more than 80,000 less-fortunate individuals across India. They also partner with the prestigious Indian Army for several challenging projects. Clothes can be donated to CBF by opting for their pickup service, which is present across 12,000 pin codes in India. They pick up clothes from the donor’s doorstep within 24 hours of the request. You can also drop clothers on selected dates at their warehouse: 48, Paras Trade Centre, Gurgaon, Gwal Pahari, Gurgaon, Haryana 122003. All queries are answered via WhatsApp on: 07838371356.

Clothes Box Foundation was conceptualized by Sajan Abrol and Naman Ahluwalia with an aim to give back to the society. “We recognized how a little gesture of aid can go a long way. The idea was to take clothes that are not needed anymore and give them to the not-so-fortunate ones, and to do so by building a unique network all over the country,” says Sajan. “We request donors to not give torn and soiled clothes. Clothes can be simply packed in cardboard boxes or sacks for the donation,” adds, Naman.

Night shelters

Night shelters in Delhi can be found at Delhi Gate, Vasant Vihar, GT Road, Raja Garden, Mangolpuri, Sec-1 Dwarka, Rohini(Sector 26), Nehru Place, Mori Gate, Jankpuri, Jama Masjid (Girl Child Shelter), and Jama Masjid (Male).

The seven night shelters in Gurgaon are located at Bhim Nagar Railway road, Near Gurgaon Railway station, Sheetla Mata Mandir, IFFCO Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Red Cross society campus and Kanhai Village Community Centre.

Mahender Singh, City Project Officer, Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG), says, “The shelter houses are the best place to donate, as it houses over 150-200 people. Everyone is more than welcome to donate cooked food or winter clothes, or quilts. It is open from 7pm to 7am, and mostly people gather there at 9pm. One should not distribute money, as it can be misused.”

Earth Saviours Foundation

This foundation at Bandhwari Village, Gurgaon Faridabad Road, Near TERI Golf Course, is a rescue centre. It houses around 450 gives mentally-challenged people, abandoned senior citizens, and those who don’t have any means of survival. “We are recognized by Government of India, but unfortunately there is no government support. Hence we bank on people’s generosity. We look for used clothes, utensils, household equipments (pans, TV, furniture), raw food material (flour, rice, pulses and cooking oil). For the past ten years, we have been going to the streets at midnight to help those who are in miserable conditions. We bring them to our Gurukul, and offer them food, medicines and shelter — all free of charge,” says Ravi Kalra, founder.

They also urge people to donate scrap office or household furniture, which they sell raise funds for the well being of the people at the centre.

Lions Club Gurgaon

Volunteers of the club organised a donation drive in Gurgaon recently.

A group called the Mahila Shakti under the Lions Club has been actively appealing to people to donate old and usable clothes. They aim to distribute clothes at 100 locations in Gurgaon. Their last drive was held at Sector-56 Golf course extension road on December 17, where 2000 old and usable clothes were distributed amongst downtrodden families. In the upcoming week, they’ll distribute new winter uniforms to needy kids in four schools.To donate clothes, contact them at mahilashaktigurugram @gmail.com. They also offer to collect your donation from your doorstep.

Neki Ki Deewar

Neki Ki Deewar can be found at eighteen locations in Gurgaon.

Head to Neki Ki Deewar (Wall of Kindness) in 18 locations in Gurgaon including Sadar Bazar, New Railway Road, New Colony, Pataudi road, Dayanand Colony, Subhash Chowk(sector 48), Kanhai road, Sector-45, sector 46 among others, to donate winter clothes. Arvind Saini and Pramod Raghav from Niswarth Kadam, the foundation behind the drive, encourages people to contribute quilts and food too. “We monitor the venues after alternate days and keep adding new stock,” says Saini.

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