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Shimla gets ‘Cloth Bank’ for needy

BHAWANI NEGI | Shimla |

A local youth brigade has launched a unique initiative in Himachal with the setting up of a ‘Cloth Bank’ in Shimla city. Nearly 65 youngsters, all below 30, on Monday set up the ‘Cloth Bank’ at the venue of the blood donation camp they organised on the Ridge.

Talking about the unique initiative, The Voice president Raman Deep Bhulta, a native of Kotkhai in Shimla district, said, “Initially we have started a cloth bank in Shimla, which we intend to expand to all the district headquarters of the state, with the help of our members who hail from different districts. Our objective is to collect clothes from the public and distribute them among the needy.”

The organisation provides an answer to those who do not know what to do with their old clothes and also gives them an opportunity to be part of a humanitarian cause. The approaching winter inspired the volunteers to collect clothes that can still be put to use, Bhulta said.

Buoyed with the response on day one, with many people coming forward to donate clothes and many wanting to do so, the organisation has decided to go door-to door to collect clothes. “The door-to-door collection will help the aged and the disabled to donate clothes, as they had expressed their helplessness in bringing clothes to the Cloth Bank. They have provided us their contact addresses and our volunteers will collect them from their houses,” said Bhulta.

Other platforms like social media and the Facebook page of the NGO will be used to spread the message around to donate clothes for the needy, he added.

Ever since the inception of the NGO in August with a tree plantation camp held at Mashobra, they are moving ahead with their adage ‘Rise for all’ by organising various events such as blood donation camps, awareness drives regarding safe Diwali and sensitising the public on voting.“Ours is a self-sustaining organisation. In October we had organised sales of the Himachali dish Sidu at Chandigarh University, through which we managed to collect Rs 1600. This was utilised for carrying forward other social activities,” said Bhulta.

Pursuing his Masters in Human Rights from Punjab University, Bhulta said a cloth bank will be set up in Panjab University, Chandigarh, too.