#Diwali2018: Be The Change, Make A Difference And Spread The Good Cheer

Diwali - Donating things
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Pune365 Wishes You a Very Happy DiwaliThe festival of lights is here and the city is all decked up in its fervour and glory…

This one time, can we collectively make a positive difference to people beyond our family and friends circle?

Yes, We Can!  And it is as simple as wanting to make a difference. After all, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Donate Clothes To Make Sanitary Pads

Samajh Bandh (NGO) is entirely a volunteer based organisation that gathers clothes which are used in the making of sanitary pads. This is convenient, cheaper, and accessible and also provides employment to several needy ladies.

The salaries of these women are funded by selling cloth bags made from the donated clothes. The pads made here are not for sale but are donated or are distributed as sample to those who intend to produce them for some who have no access.

Where: Samajh Bandh, NGO

Ngo workshop: B- Sahyadri Aagam, Sachai Mata Nagar, Near Sai Temple, Katraj- Aagam Mandir Complex, Ambegon Khurd, Pune.

Be Kind, Donate In Kind

Want to bring smiles on the faces of those who value it? Then, provide them with basic necessities required for living. One can donate in kind with grain, groceries, utensils, Braille equipment, furniture and New Clothes.

Do note that they do not accept old and used clothes.

Where: The Poona School And Home For The Blind Trust  http://www.puneblindschool.org/donate/

Address: 14/17 Koregaon Park, Dr. S.R. Machave Road, Pune.

Up-Cycle And Save The Environment

To remedy the excess availability of clothes that eventually get dumped into river bodies or landfills, this company accepts old clothes (offering Rs 8/kg to the donor) and sells new items like cloth bags, rugs, blankets, door mats, carpets, bedsheets and more made by workers based at Pune and Panipat.

The amount that one receives on donating the old clothes is then discounted against the final prices of the product bought.

Started as a social initiative, this enterprise turned into a venture when the founder started employing several under-privileged women to make products out of old clothes empowered by the requisite training.

Where: Eco-regain

Showroom Address: Shop No.1, Pournima Apt. Opp Renuka Swaroop High School, Next Lane OF S.P Biryani, Sadashiv Peth, Pune.

Share Knowledge

While there are multiple options if you wish to donate your old belongings, it is still rare to find an organisation that is happy to accept old books.

A philanthropic organisation, mypustak, acts as a mediator between donor and needy readers. They don’t charge anything from the donors or the receivers, save a very nominal shipping & handling charge that is to be borne by the one who wants the book.

If one wishes to donate books in Marathi, they can donate this at Matruchhaya Balakasharam that will be sent to students of Marathi medium.

Where: Mypustak – www.mypustak.com

Marathi books– Matruchhaya Balakasharam, Plot No 137, Matruchhaya, Alandi Road, Dighi, Gaikwad Nagar, Dighi Raghav Mangal Karyalay.

Be The Caretakers

An initiative by a couple of keen volunteers, Give For Pune is an organization that picks up everything from toys, utensils, furniture, clothes, books etc. and donates it to the needy in the city.

These working volunteers’ pick-up donor items at their own expense and deliver it to orphanages, slums, Ngo’s and the individuals who needy support.

Where: Give for Pune – www.giveforpune.com

Address: Ground floor, Hotel Management Building, Azam Campus, Camp, Pune.


#All details are for reader information. Readers are advised to approach the individual NGO’s and organisation for finer details. 

Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

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