The Spirit Of Giving

A disaster is not an excuse to empty one’s cupboards of old, unwanted things. The focus should be on those who are to be helped

6/2/2015 12:18:22 PM
written By : Pamposh Dhar Print

In response to the horrific double disaster in Nepal – two massive earthquakes with several after-shocks in between – people around the world opened their hearts, and their purse strings, to help those in need. In the midst of a human tragedy on such a massive scale – with more than 8,000 people dead – it was heartening to see such generosity.
A team led by a young reporter from India Se flew into Nepal with relief supplies and the will to help as well as to report on the disaster.
But, even after they had gone, a few people very persistently asked about who was collecting old clothes in Singapore for those affected by the quake. I urged them to donate money through one of several reputed international or Nepal-based organisations. I explained that some of these agencies were accepting amounts as low as $10, so that one could give whatever was feasible. But no, they insisted, they only wanted to donate old clothes.
A disaster is not an excuse to empty one’s cupboards of old, unwanted things. If one wants to help people, the focus should be on those who are to be helped and not on what the giver wants to get rid of. If you are living in a country far from the disaster, the most efficient way to help is often by giving money to an organisation or a group of volunteers working on the ground in the affected area. They can then use the money to buy the most wanted relief goods in the nearest markets.

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