Kochi all set to rejoice in the week of giving

An old shoe lying in a dingy corner of your store room could be the reason for a school going child’s smile and pride thousands of miles away. A two meter cloth that is too drab for you to stitch into a dress could become the symbol of dignity for a hapless woman in a far-flung village who has been using sand, ash and rags instead of sanitary pads.

Dresses that won’t fit you any more, old shoes, belts, curtains, school bags, books, toys, lunch box – every household has a multitude of  things which people can easily do without. Even the least attended object in your household has a value when put in the hands of the deprived.  This week we invite you to pass down these things to our less fortunate folks.

Celebrated every year from October 2 to 8, India’s unique annual ‘Festival of Giving’ called ‘Daan Utsav’ brings everyone together to share the joy of giving. The NGO Goonj is aiming at ‘100,000 Acts of Giving’ as its campaign during the festival this year. Along with dozens of cities across the country, Kochi is all set to delight in the Joy of Giving this year. Nine collection centers have been ear-marked around the city where you can make donations for the cause.  Any object or utility that you believe will sparkle dignity in a fellow human being will suffice.

Every donation that you make will kindle a flame of compassion inside you which will make life more beautiful for yourself and your family. A simple act of giving inculcates positive values in everyone around. We hope that you take part in this campaign purely for the joy of giving and for nothing else. Because we believe that at least once in a life time one must experience the joy of giving without any reason.

You can drop off the items at your nearest collection point. Offices, schools or colleges can do an internal collection drive inside their premises, which can be delivered to any of this location at a later point.

Collection Points in Kochi & Kottayam

1. Girinagar

Location: No. 1, Girinagar, Kochi – 20

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

Duration – 19th September to 8th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Joseph Kurien & Shiny Kurien – 9645072290, 9036334716

2. Kaloor

Location: 11-F, Express Estate, Kaloor, Kochi

Timing: 6 pm to 9 pm

Duration: 19th September to 30th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Cherian Punnoose & Minny Cherian – 04842336220, 9048111994

3. Tripunithura

Location: Indu Vihar, BHS Road, Tripunithura, Kochi – 682301

Timing: 4 pm to 7 pm

Duration: 2nd to 8th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: R Gopinathan – 9446316734

4. Kumaranasan Nagar

Location: Club House Kumaranasan Nagar Cochin-20

Timing: 5 pm to 7 pm

Duration: 2nd to 12th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Philo Mathew(House no 86) – 9947772776,0484 2203101

5. Perumbavoor, Allapra

Collection Point – Green Library & Cultural Forum, Naas Building, Thottapadan Kavala, Perumbavoor, Allapra PO, Kochi

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

Duration: 1st to10th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Shafeek P. A. & Shihabuden P.K. – 9961429066, 8907351064

6. Vyttila

Location: 1- B, Panchavati Colony, Ambeli Padom Road, Vyttila, Kochi – 682019

Timing: 4 pm to 7 pm

Duration: 2nd to 9th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Susheela – 9746064662

7. Kadavanthra

Location: Iris Communications, Opposite Kettuvallam Restaurant, Kumaranasan Jn Bus Stop Kaloor Kadavanthra Road, Kochi

Timing: 11 am to 6 pm

Duration: 3rd to 6th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Akhil & Srikanth – 0484-4030888 , +91 94-47-790875

8. Kalamassery

Location: Xavier Institute Of Management & Enterpreneurship , Kinfra Hi Tech Park Off., HMT Road Kalamassery, HMT Colony, Kochi

Timing: 9 am to 5 pm

Duration: 2nd to 8th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Anand, Kamal – 9894022231, 8056420573

9. Kottayam

Location: Canaan House, Thuthutty Kawala, Kumarnellur Post, Kottayam, Kerala – 16

Timing: 7 am to 9.30 am

Duration: 2nd to 8th October 2016

Volunteer Name & Number: Dr. Shiny – 9847177835


Any queries ? 9447305275(Saran)





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