Diwali 2018: 10 Ways You Can Give Back To Society This Year
By: Arantha Mascarenhas
Published On: November 06, 2018
Diwali 2018: 10 Ways You Can Give Back To Society This Year
The festival of lights, more popularly known as Diwali, is one of the most enthusiastically celebrated festivals in India. A sense of excitement fills you when you walk on the streets.
There are bright houses all over, covered with lights and decorations. You will find everyone wearing new clothes and greeting each other with sweets and gifts. We Indians celebrate everything with more color and life.
Diwali is symbolic of the victory of ‘light over darkness’, ‘good over evil’ and ‘knowledge over ignorance’. Let us be true to the theme of this festival and do some good. Here are 10 things you can do to make a change for the better, this Diwali.
1. Donate your clothes.
We all buy new clothes for Diwali. While it is routine for us, it’s a rare privilege for many others. People wear the same old, torn, ragged clothes for days and even years together because they cannot even think of buying new clothes.
You can find many such people on the streets and railway stations. And it might not be a big thing for you, but it will make a great impact on their lives.
Apart from that, you can donate your clothes to your maid or her children. If you can afford it, you could also buy a set of new clothes for your maid. She will definitely be grateful for it and it, in turn, will make you feel good when you see that big smile on her face.
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2. Distribute Food.
Festivals call for a lot of cooking, and sometimes most of it goes to waste. While you will be over-cooking for friends, family, and relatives, there are so many people who will be holding their stomachs in hunger.
Almost every street in India has one such person. You could go and distribute the extra food to them. In fact, there are many NGOs who come and collect waste food to distribute to the poor. You can contact any of the following 5 NGOs to donate your food.
No Food Waste: https://www.nofoodwaste.in/ Phone No: 9087790877
Feeding India: https://www.feedingindia.org/ Phone No: 9871178810
Roti bank India: http://www.rotibankindia.org/ Phone No: 8655580001
Annakshetra: http://www.annakshetra.org/ Phone No: 9001295293
Shelter Don Bosco: http://www.shelterdonbosco.org/ Phone No: (022) 24150562
In addition, you can also contact orphanages and old age homes and distribute sweets. You will get the blessings of both the young and the old.
3. Help your best friend!
They say, a dog is a man’s best friend, but firecrackers really scare them. Let’s take an initiative to help them and protect them. Global News
Aside, from this, you can help to build temporary soundproof shelters for other street dogs too.
Try to carres and calm your dog and reassure them by patting them. Do not leave your dog alone in the house as it may create higher levels of anxiety in them.
4. Donate to a charity.
On the festival of Diwali, there is no greater joy than bringing light to the lives of those who desperately need it. Find an NGO or organization that provides to the poor and donate to them.
Most of these organizations deal with people who do not have the basic needs that we tend to take for granted. With your contribution to these organizations, a family might be able to have one full square meal or be able to send their children to school.
Donate to an organization that deals with a cause that you believe in. So that when you donate you will know that you have made an impact on people’s life.
5. Be eco-friendly
Let this Diwali be peaceful and eco-friendly. We can do nothing better than preserve and protect the natural resources that we are blessed with.
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Let’s say no to firecrackers because they create noise pollution and air pollution. Let’s plant a tree and go green. Let’s save electricity, water and fuel. And let’s not create waste. Let’s use the 3 R’s, (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) effectively.
Most importantly let’s make a pledge not to harm our environment any more than we already have.
6. Donate blood.
You can go to a blood donors camp and donate blood for free.
People with wide ranges of sickness often need blood and it will make it easier for them to take the blood that you have donated, than to search for people with the same blood group, and then convince them to donate.
Especially in the cases of accidents, it is crucial that the victim gets blood in time. If not, it could be a matter of life and death. So do not hesitate to do good, this Diwali.
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7. Register as an organ donor.
The bible states “From dust you came, and to dust you will return”. But my question is, what if you could help give life to another person after you have died?
Scientists have discovered that organs in your body are still alive, for a short time after the doctors have declared you dead. Once you become a donor your organs could help another person, who is suffering from a failure of that specific organ. And what better occasion to register to save a life, than this Diwali.
8. Donate the extras.
We all have things in our house that we never or rarely use. If you have two of something give one of them to a poor person who can use it.
If you have extra toys, utensils, books, stationery or household equipments that you don’t see yourself using in the near future, donate it. What is lying as an extra in your house can be used by someone who can’t afford to buy it.
You could take part in a series of volunteer work.
You could volunteer as a teacher. There are various organizations that need people to help them with various social activities. Many organizations that work for children and women need teachers or tutors to help them educate these poor families.
You could volunteer in Arts. Many campaigners organize arts and drama shows to help raise funds for a cause. You could volunteer to teach poor women how to make handmade products that they can sell to earn their living.
There are also many organizations that help animals and the environment you can also enroll to help them
10. Donate your hair.
If you're going to get a new look this Diwali and cut your long hair short, donate It, instead. There are many cancer patients who feel a sense of insecurity and vulnerability after losing their hair.
By donating your hair you might not experience much of a difference (except, of course, your new look!), but it will mean a lot to a person who is suffering from cancer. It will help restore their confidence and make them feel happy.
The ten things I’ve mentioned above are no-cost or low-cost ways you can do good. But there are many people out there who need your help and support in certain monetary ways. We aren’t’ asking for much, just how much you can spare to give for a good cause. And the way we will make it count is through crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is a fairly new concept in India where a crowd of people donates what they can, to help a cause. These funds are pooled together and then given to those in need.
Impact Guru is one of the pioneers in crowdfunding and makes sure that the funds you donate reach the people you donate to.
Hope this article helped you. And let’s light up people’s lives this Diwali.