Diwali is just 3 days away. Shopping, decorations, dinner parties and get-togethers are what most of us are busy prepping for. It is one of the biggest festivals for Indians, so of course, it’s ought to be grand! After having done this for years, we all know there is no end on the expenses for Diwali – we can spend more and more on those clothes, decorations, and them dinners! How about changing this a little and doing something for someone who will remember this deed for years. For us, it is just a day affair, but for someone, this could mean the world. So join me in making this Diwali the one where we get little less self-indulgent, more generous in giving not just our money, but our time as well. You can get started in these small ways while still enjoying your Diwali –
- My Diwali shopping has begun with a visit to the bylanes of Mahalakshmi temple in central Mumbai – for beautiful Diwali torans, brocade purses and fancy gift papers among other things. These are handmade by children and young adults with special needs at Shraddha Charitable Trust which runs the school. If you are in Mumbai, you can totally head here for some great shopping. This will leave a long-lasting smile on the faces of those who make it. Spot your city’s online directory to know about NGO fairs or melas which might be going on currently.
- Cook, share and celebrate at an orphanage: There is fun in making Diwali goodies for your guests, but it will be more pleasurable if you do for those who don’t get to eat mama’s home-cooked food. Cook or bake something at home, and share it with the kids in the orphanage or with the elders in the old age home, whichever is closer to you.
- Buy new toys, deposit old to ToyBank.org: The sparkle in the eyes of kids who can’t afford toys will be more priceless than the sparkle of the crackers. So pack up your child’s toys he doesn’t need and donate it through toybank. It’s currently providing such services in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune.
- Be a volunteer for a day: There can’t be a better way to teach your children about giving it back to the society. Choose a volunteering service through websites such as ivolunteer.in or karmayog.org. On these websites, NGOs lists out volunteering opportunities for a day or for a particular time frame. Spend a day along with your children being a volunteer for a cause.
- Donate online, if you are really busy: If you are working 24X7, you can still be generous. Get online and donate for a cause. There are several websites such as GiveIndia where you can choose a cause and make an online donation. Or you can visit independent NGOs dedicated to one cause like Project Nanhi Kali for educating a girl child or Pratham which is dedicated to education for all.
I hope this will help you get started. There are so much more ways to donate. So give more this Diwali. Wish you all a very happy, prosperous and peaceful Diwali!