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J – Joy of Giving

(Story shared by Rashi Roy)

 

While in school, Rashi was a part of a very noble cause, something of which she had no idea about. It was only after she grew up a little she understood what her parents were doing with her books.

 

One of their acquaintances, a family of seven, with the father being the only breadwinner strived hard to make the ends meet. Her parents decided to help them by donating her academic books. One of their daughters was just a year younger to her and they went to the same school. After every academic year, Rashi’s mother would pack all her books in a bag and hand it over to them. That saved a lot of cost of buying new books every year.

 

From the very young age she was taught to take utmost care of her books. No folding the pages, no folding the cover and not writing anything on the books. With time, it became a habit and she ensured her books looked new throughout the year. This continued from Class 1st to 10th and she was a part of the book donation that happened for ten years. She sincerely thanks her parents for teaching her how to take care of her books.

 

If you look around, you would find many who are in need of books but can’t afford buying them. Give your books, help them get educated and together we can fight illiteracy. Let’s pledge to educate others and spread smiles.

 

Do Good, Share Goodness.

 

You can also become a part of our collaborative effort to spread goodness. If you do/see any act of goodness, share with us at royrashi@gmail.com or smilegifters@gmail.com and win your badge.

 

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48 thoughts on “J – Joy of Giving

  1. That’s fantastic. I continue to donate books even now, though of course they are no longer academic 🙂

  2. Yes donating used books is a good act. Many students cannot afford to buy books. Given the price of books, donating books will be of great help to the needy. When many of us were growing up, we would study used books of our elder brothers or sister. These days many buy new books.

    1. True, we used to pass on our books to siblings or friends while we were in school. But the education system has changed entirely. Now in most of the schools, we are bound to get new books for our kids. The joy of sharing is missing.

  3. Donating academic books is out of the question these days as every year they change the syllabus and its mandatory to buy all the books from the school only. However, I still donate many competitive and story books which I no longer read. Kudos to this little girl.

    1. I agree it’s not so easy these days. Education has become a business and it’s sad. Thanks from the little girl!

  4. That reminds me of an incident in my daughter’s school. The class teacher told the children to bring some of their books that they had no use for anymore so that they could be donated to some poor people. My wife pulled out all my daughter’s old books she no longer read and packed them neatly and sent it with my daughter. To the teacher’s shock, she found that only our family and one more student’s parents had bothered to donate any books at all. Al the other parents were unwilling to donate! Obviously, the teacher was annoyed but since it is the student’s choice there was nothing much she could say. But she called my wife up later and thanked us profusely.

  5. Lovely story. My parents never allowed us to sell any books. They always donated.
    Nice of you to write yourself in 3rd person.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

  6. My mom used to do the same. She was a teacher in the same school I was learning. My books were given to other students hence I used to keep them neat. It’s a great habit to develop in kids.

  7. Oh yes, old school books should always be donated as far as possible. Absolutely no point in selling them to kabadi waala, for making those cone-shaped thongas for chana-jor-garam and bhelpuri!

    We have an organization here in Jaipur that houses and cares for autistic people of all age groups. They even make best-out-of-waste products, like shopping bags etc, you know, out of old fabrics.

    I got to know about them couple of years ago from a friend in the building. So we sent a lot of clothes and other stuff to that institute. Now we have accumulated enough to send another round. Hopefully after this AtoZ.

    Find my J post @ Memories Of Journeys With Indian Railways

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