Senior citizens of Mussoorie distribute woollens among poor
MUSSOORIE, 13 Dec: As winter tightened its grip on the hill station, the warm clothes distributed by the Senior Citizens’ Forum brought smiles on the faces of the poor assembled at the Nagar Palika premises, here, today. Old women and children were the happiest lot as they received blankets, warm jackets and sweaters to fight the dry winter this year.
Around 1800 persons benefited as nearly 2500 clothes and blankets were distributed.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Palika President OP Uniyal and was accompanied by ward members Sushil Kumar, Jasbir Kaur, Kanta Bisht, Raj Rani Kaur and Forum President RS Mishra. Blankets, shawls, jackets and sweaters were donated for the purpose by the residents of Mussoorie.
The poor began gathering at the Palika compound since morning in anticipation. The crowd swelled by noon and police were called in to control it.
The Palika President commended the efforts of the senior citizens in coordinating this act and said that the poor and needy of Mussoorie would get some comfort from the chilly winter this year.
Rani the rag picker disclosed that as the weather turned cold, the cost of staying warm placed even greater demand on her family’s limited income, forcing them to take tough decisions. "It is especially difficult in winter when we have to buy fuel to keep ourselves warm. Buying clothes for the children becomes a second priority, and they have to get along with worn-out clothes from previous years." This year, the woollens received through donation would go a long way in keeping her children warm, added Rani.
Harish Kalra sang a bhajan and mesmerised the audience. Sidh Prakash Jain, Javed Khan, Avtaar Singh Kukreja, GS Sachdeva, Ashok Chaudhary, Geeta Kumain, Santosh Baudhiyal, Narendar Sahni, Jagjit Kukreja, Harbhajan Thakral, Praveen Panwar, AS Khullar, Rajrani Grover, Alok Mehrotra, SP Jain, Rajendar Goel and others were present on the occasion. Rajendar Goel, trader from Mussoorie also announced on the occasion that he would donate his eyes to the eye bank.