My name is Deepak Kumar and I am Chairperson of People First.
As summer begins here in India it is difficult to imagine just how cold it gets here in the winter months a life threatening cold to those without adequate shelter or warm clothing. That's why we started this appeal and WOW!, what a really great response!
The Global Giving community responded with warm and generous hearts and we were able to immediately purchase and distribute hundreds of items of warm clothing to those most in need of them. I want to extend on everybody's behalf my sincere thanks to you. I want to make clear that we do not have advertised giveaways of blankets inviting some politician to indiscriminately distribute blankets as some kind of photo op. Our experienced staff both in the villages and at our center for homeless children know very well the children and families in need and they make sure they get the warm clothing they so desperately need with the minimum of fuss and as soon as possible.
The cold here is dangerous, it a damp invasive cold and imagine if you did not have a sweater or socks or even any sandals on your feet how horrible it would feel? These are the children we provided thanks to your kindness with life saving warm clothing and thick woolen blankets. Here the houses have no heating at all .
The Senior Nurse on our Health Project told me how they had visited a shack in a slum dwelling where there were burning plastic to try and keep warm ,
After very hardly telling them how harmful the fumes were she then gave all the children a warm blanket . The mother broke into tears and told her,- it's a struggle to eat some days , but we could never afford such thick woolen blankets, my children were shivering and crying from the cold -Thank you so much!!!!
With Best Regards and much much appreciation,
Sweaters given at Rescue Junction