We had been planning for this project since a month and when it happened successfully on 19th Oct, 2013, we loved the experience and we were really happy that the little efforts could make hundreds smile around. We had given in clothes to the needy on the streets as our last event, but this time it was different. We were preparing rucksacks (a bag/ slinger) and including things from a pair of clothes, sweater, winter caps, jackets, warmers, gloves, wallet, socks, and food to eat and a juice to drink. That was the whole plan and all would depend on what all got collected!!
We were sure that it would be a fun event and by the end we would be so satisfied and the blessings and the day would be imprinted in our hearts. It’s just not a drive of giving away old clothes, its being inspired and making others learn, so they could do what they can for the ones who need it. As we got enthused from THE RUCKSACK PROJECT- BRISTOL UK, we believe that some will surely get motivated through our acts. You know what the best part is when you let the person know who encouraged you. It makes the event all the more powerful.
How did we start and what happened at THE FIRST RUCKSACK PROJECT:
We started with preparing bags and the prettiest was the baby bag – It had the cutest warm clothes, inner and set of socks and cap for the baby. We collected as many bags and apart from that we prepared cloth bags. We had 10 bags ready – some for oldies, some for women of thirties, some were for children.
We started riding around the K-town as we were targeting to give in to the people who are on the streets without homes. We met quite a few of homeless people especially outside the temples. Started our day with Jawlakhel, we went to Banglamukhi temple and then crossed Baneshwore, on our way to Pashupatinath and finally to Ganesh temple at Kamladi and the last was the temple at New Road.
On the roads we met couples sitting and waiting for someone to arrive and give them something, there were elderly ones too and this old lady shared in her story of how her daughter left her. There was a boy who must be in his teenage and he had no idea what was happening when we gave him the stuff. He was wearing tattered clothes and was just lying down. We gave him a sweater; he was expressionless and did not say a word so we thought what should be the next step. We gave him food and a pair of clothes and left the place. He kept looking at us but was quiet. And his silence said it all.
The best one was when these 5 kids were wandering on the road all by themselves, we called them and asked them if they wanted clothes, and naughtily each of them said yes. The tracks and warmers fit them so well and they could not stop posing. And how can I forget they actually knew that the clothes were huge or small for them and asked if they could exchange. They were about 6-7 years of age and after wearing the clothes the smile on their faces was beyond joy. I can’t imagine how delighted their parents are going to be when they get back home.
There were incidents where we gave out our rucksacks to people who asked for it people who were already working on the streets. Initially we were apprehensive but then: By the end it’s all for a good cause. 50 bags given out to homeless people this winters!! So are u coming for the next RUCKSACK ?