Deepavali is about more than just celebrating with friends and family. It is about sharing what we have with those who are less fortunate.
This mentality spurred Mr Logapreyan Renganathan to start the Lighting Hearts And Homes project last year to help low-income Indian families. This year, the project raised over $27,000 in cash and kind in less than two weeks.
Mr Renganathan's request for donations on Facebook were answered by friends and family, Indians and non-Indians alike. Some of them came together on Oct 17 to pack festive hampers for the beneficiaries and delivered the hampers in person to the various households the following morning.
The beneficiaries of the project are predominantly elderly and young families from low-income households. They were identified through Family Service Centres. Each household received a festive hamper packed with goodies and sundries amounting to over $100 and $50 in cash.
Last year, the project raised over $14,000. This year, the donations have almost doubled.
Mr Renganathan, who initially intended to raise $10,000, was overwhelmed by the support the project received and the amount raised. He was heartened that even non-Indians had got into the festive spirit and donated not just money, but also their time, volunteering to deliver the hampers.
"Deepavali is not just about lighting lamps in your house. It's about igniting a flame of hope, love and belief in the hearts of people who are less fortunate than us," he said.
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