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IIT students find joy in giving, fix toys for poor kids

Posted on: October 5, 2010

Karthika Gopalakrishnan | TNN, Times of India

Chennai: A new lease of life for children rescued from the streets is set to become a shade brighter, thanks to a college fest. Over the last four days, a section of students, who happen to be among the brightest engineering minds in the country, volunteered to put their heads together on a spontaneous charitable impulse.
At IIT-Madras’ tech-fest ‘Shaastra 2010’, participants were given the chance to repair damaged toys hands-on so that they could be sent to three children’s homes in the city. Judging from the response, organizers said students had jumped at the opportunity. “As many as 130 toys were repaired during the fest. There were about 250 participants who walked into the stall and sat down to work on the damaged toys. In addition to the local students, there were also others from Andhra Pradesh, Bangalore, T h i r u va n a n t h ap u r a m , Jaipur and Maharashtra who came by,” said event co-ordinator Keerthana Chilukuri, second year student of engineering design at IIT-Madras.
With fellow co-ordinators Bindu Upadhyay (from the same batch) and Mohan Balaji, a third year student of mechanical engineering, the team started work on the event by visiting toy stores around the city.
“We visited big shops in the city, which directed us to their smaller branches, and also got toys from shops in Parrys. We bought defective toys from them at a discount of about 50-60%. In fact, a few of the toys originally cost Rs 1,300 but we got them for about Rs 160. The total budget for the event, including the tools, was about Rs 25,000,” said Bindu.
The refurbished toys would be distributed among three organizations — Don Bosco Anbu Illam, Indian Council for Child Welfare and Nesakkaram (meaning ‘Caring Hands’)-SEEDS (Street Elfins Education and Development Society).

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1 Response to "IIT students find joy in giving, fix toys for poor kids"

What a terrific idea, bringing joy to so many life and giving pre-loved toys another lease of life. Great job!

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