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In 1987, during my ‘Anti-Lottery’ campaign I met people living in extreme poverty. The ones I clearly remember, from these slums, are the children who suffered neglect and were denied every basic human right. What was heartening was the fact that these children were so happy and content, unaware of the downtrodden surroundings they were living in. This left an indelible mark on my mind and I was determined to do something for them. A thought rose, what could offer joy to a child than a toy to play? And thus the Toy Bank came into existence; an organization offering toys to the needy children and thus providing them an opportunity to live a better childhood.
The Toy Bank as the name suggests houses toys, toys which are old and discarded. The toy donors could call the volunteers for home-pick at 011-2450-5152 or leave them at one of the many collection centers across Delhi. These toys were then refurbished and stored in the Adarshila Library, in Pitampura. Initially every child was issued one toy at a time, which they could exchange it for another when they were done playing with it. The reason was to inculcate in these kids a sense of responsibility. This initiative saw tremendous success and the idea caught on.
I approached several public schools and encouraged them to donate toys to the toy bank. We have collected over 3 lakh toys from over 25 centers in Delhi so far. These toys are distributed to the children in JJ Colonies, MCD schools, orphanages and at shelters for street kids. Collection drives are organized on special occasions like children’s day and the birth anniversaries of renowned public figures.
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Sir, it's a request to you kindly raise the issue of unalloted plots to DDA Rohini 1981 scheme. We are waiting for it for 33 years as well as 25000 families are waiting too but DDA has given just paper assurance. Kindly look into the matter sir.