Mitr launched its ‘Gift a Smile’ initiative in October 2014. Under this initiative, festive hampers were distributed for Eid and Diwali to 100 underprivileged families affected by serious, incurable conditions.
Even though these families would like their children to experience the joys of the season, the costly medical treatment and poor financial condition leaves them with no money to spare for festivities. Thus, the ‘Gift a Smile’ initiative was introduced to bring happiness to these families who rarely celebrate occasions with special foods.
Each hamper contained a kilo each of sugar, maida and rava & half a kilo of vanaspati ghee – basic essentials for the preparation of sweets for the occasion. In addition to this, there was a packet of sheer khurma mix in the Eid hampers, while the Diwali hampers had a kilo of besan.
The first ten of Mitr – A Friend Indeed’s festive hampers were distributed on the 1st of October, 2014 to the women at God’s Angels 911 at Bibwewadi.
On the 11th of October 2014, 49 festive hampers were distributed at Jeevdan, in Timber Market, to families affected by incurable illnesses.
On the 17th of October 2014, Mitr conducted a paper lantern making session for the children with Thalassemia, who visit Sassoon Hospital regularly for blood transfusions. The interactive session was followed by the distribution of 40 festive hampers to the families of these children.
On the 17th of October 2014, an additional 15 hampers were distributed to the women who look after the children that we work with. These women hail from lower middle class families and they definitely deserve a token of appreciation for the enormous love and patience they shower the children with.
A special thanks to all of you who supported this initiative and were the reason for the smiles on many faces.