Unable to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, good Samaritans in the city are sharing their personal moments of joy with thousands of unknown and needy by feeding and donating food and other essentials.
Pained at being away from her mother, who is on voluntary Covid service in north India, Class-XI student Ipsita Maiti spent her entire savings from pocket money to buy food for the destitute near her Kasba home.
“Both my parents being doctors, I understand the Covid-19 effects and the impact it has had on daily wage earners. We will soon distribute masks and face shields to health workers,” said Maiti.
Ballygunge resident Prakriti Gandotra turned 70 on May 10, but didn’t want to celebrate the day alone. So she got in touch with an NGO, Kolkata Gives, and donated Rs 9,000 who used the money to feed 300 kids and their families at a Howrah slum.
Angelina Jasnani, president Catholic Association of Bengal, had to cancel her 25th wedding anniversary on April 22. But she did something that made the day more memorable. “We gave out sanitary napkins to the girls at Rainbow, an orphanage run by Loreto Sealdah. Two days later, on our daughter Ria’s 15th birthday, we did the same,” she said.
Salt Lake resident and consultant physician Sanjoy Ghosh distributed food packets to migrant labourers and pavement dwellers while celebrating his 27th wedding anniversary. “On my parents’ wedding anniversary on Monday, we will be donating to the CM relief fund,” he said.
Entrepreneur Ruby Ray, a resident of Park Street, has it all planned for her birthday on June 10. “I have decided raise funds for Bani Mandir, a charitable organization,” she said.
Birati resident Jayanta Das fed over 500 people at a local slum with the help of a local club to observe his father’s shraddh.
Source: Times of India