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“We can’t help everybody… But everybody can help someone”
It’s the 6th of August, the second day of Daan Utsav. The week of giving is going strong. The students of CMR NPS have been really gracious in what they’ve been contributing to those in need.
Old toys, books, biscuits, everyday food grains, clothes, toothpaste, stationery, amongst other things were flowing in like a gushing river. Every single student that came to give their contributions were more than ecstatic. It was compelling to see students of the primary school come in with pure innocence and excitement with their tiny hands filled with packets of biscuits and their favorite toys ready to help and serve the Poignant.
As Dr. Loretta Scott rightfully said “We can’t help everybody… But everybody can help someone” and this is what the students showed today.
Our council members and CCA Coordinators made sure that each and every commodity was accounted for, weighed in real-time, packed properly and stored away safely. The real-time measurements were being constantly updated so that the students and staff alike could get an idea of how much was being collected. As it always happens, today’s number of contributors baffled us. The number of contributions is increasing as the days go by. With this in mind, we hope to see it increase more.
To repeat our goals of the week, they are as follows:
- Rice- 4000 kg
- Urad dal- 3000 kg
- Sugar- 2000 kg
- Biscuits- 3000 packets
- Tur dal- 3000 kg
- Wheat flour- 2000 kg
- Rawa- 2000 kg
All of these contributions will be going towards our noble cause of providing food, clothing, toys and other donations to an orphanage and an old age home. The orphanage houses orphans as well as children diagnosed with HIV. We are very proud of our students who have contributed thus far. The mutual understanding and goal to help those in need really makes a huge difference in today’s society; as there are a lot of underprivileged humans that go through days without any proper food, compassion, and love… Seeing someone do good can provoke kindness and compassion in the hearts and minds of people. We hope the students of CMR NPS have an eye-opening experience with this festival of joyful giving.
Daan Utsav (The Week of Giving) – Day 3
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”
Today was the third day spent celebrating Daan Utsav- the festival of giving. After a quick council meeting, our leaders were all set to put their heart into serving. Like the previous days, students were called class-wise to donate their provisions. Once more, our students have held high the spirit of service and benevolence. We are very glad for their generous contributions that will help change lives. Books, toys and food provisions came flowing in today as well, and the council was more than glad to accommodate the bulk items that we had procured from the last 2 days. The council tirelessly worked in segregating the items and making sure they were all kept in boxes for easy shipment.
Our editors spoke to a few students about what they thought of the week of giving, and why they were donating. The response? Beautiful. “We are donating to the people who don’t have as much as we do. I am giving my old toys and books because I want the children who don’t have parents to be happy. ” – a collective answer from the students of 2 A
As previously stated, the response today was amazing. Students scurried to contribute. There were students who contributed twice. When asked why they were doing so, their answer was plain and simple: “Because I want to give them what they don’t have.” This touched all of our hearts. The council was very happy to hear tiny tots gush about how they played with their toys and how they want to share this with the underprivileged.
We are very close to the end of this week. But we don’t want our service and benevolence to end with the week. Through conducting Daan Utsav in CMR NPS, we hope to see more people start giving away things that they don’t need to charities and orphanages.
We hope to nurture students so that they grow up to be responsible, aware, and compassionate citizens.
By: Priyasha Sinha, Grade 12 and Tarushi Thankur, Grade 11