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Bengaluru NGOs show a large heart with donations for disabled, homeless people

January 21, 2019

Temperatures in metro cities are chilly and the decline is especially intense. Most cities, including the national capital, are covered in fog. A group of NGOs in Bengaluru have come forward to make a difference by donating blankets to homeless and disabled people across the city.

NGO, Being Social- Ek Nayi Shuruwat, which is located in many cities, started the initiative in 2016. This year too, they donated blankets, bedsheets and woollen clothes to the needy in the city.

We provided over 5,000 blankets, bed sheets and woollen clothing to homeless, disabled people and even stray animals who are trying to beat the extreme weather. Our volunteers from Being Social took a survey of the places where we need to distribute. We covered locations like Yelahanka, BTM Layout, Majestic, Shivaji Nagar, Marthahalli, Whitefield and KR Puram to name a few places. It is indeed a great feeling to see them breathing a sigh of relief when they get something to protect themselves in this weather. Our volunteers narrate many incidents where disabled people, who cannot get any help, expresses their gratitude when they get woollen clothes. - Praveen Kumar Shukla, Founder, Being Social- Ek Nayi Shuruwat

Prarthana Unkalkar Kaul, Co-founder, GiftAbled Foundation, partnered in this drive.

"This year, I too participated in the blanket donation drive along with volunteers of 'Being Social'. It was a great feeling to be a part of it. We visited places like BTM Layout where there are many homeless and people with disabilities. We went to NIMHANS hospital as well. There were many patients and their caregivers who could not afford woollen clothing. Since most of them were asleep when we went there, we just put the blankets on top of them instead of waking them up," says Prarthana.

Among those who lent a hand was Shekhar Naik, India's former blind cricket captain, who runs the NGO Shekhar Naik Foundation. He said he looks forward to this drive every year.

"I have been doing this since the year 2014 with my family and a close friend. I make sure that we take our kids also so they will hopefully do the same when they are older. Everybody goes for parties on New Year's Eve. We hardly think about people who are on the roads. That is when we decided we should do something for them. We went to KR Market where there are many homeless and people with all kinds of disabilities to distribute blankets and some snacks", says Naik.

Their kind gesture will surely touch the hearts of many disabled people and will hopefully inspire others to think on the same lines.

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