Ever since I have become a mother, I’ve found a new sympathy rise in me – sympathy for the underprivileged children. And, after reading Gita, which states that everyone should donate some part of his income to the less-fortunate people, I knew I had to do something for the children.
My biological parents have never been very high on donations or ‘daan’. But, my new-found parents, that’s my in-laws, are very upfront in this regard. They take any and every opportunity to give things away to needy people. They don’t give cash. We prepare rotis and daal from home and then distribute those to people near the temple. I really found happiness in doing that. And, the act brought a lot of peace to me. So, I did that too on Anay’s birthday. But, apart from that, I wanted to do something more.
This year, for Anay’s birthday, I had decided on an amount that I would donate and was looking out for the options I had. I don’t believe in giving money away to NGOs as you never know if they reached the children or not. I wanted to be in direct contact someway. So, I spoke to my mother, who teaches in a govt school. I had visited her school with Anay once and saw some mentally-challenged children there. They live in the asylum nearby.
Today, with the help of my Mom, and with the help of their teacher, I prepared a goodie bag for the 16 girls. I had already asked the teacher on what would be most useful for them. Surprisingly, they didn’t need clothes or shoes or food. The govt grant covered that for them. They needed coloring books, bags, and such petty stuff. Things they could enjoy with. 😦
I can’t explain how moved and how happy I feel after giving them the bag. I filled it with all sorts of art n craft stuff that I could find. It is a very small thing for us but the joy, the happiness, the excitement I saw on their faces. The love they showered on me, it was priceless. It was totally priceless.
I hope God gives me more such opportunities in future. May God give them all the love they need.