Hirin Dave, an Ahmedabad-based web developer, collects old toys and redistributes these among underprivileged children through her initiative.
Anyone would concede to the statement that one’s childhood is not complete without toys, irrespective of what they may be – a stuffed Mickey Mouse, a monster truck or a Lego farm. Even in adulthood, the memories of the toys we love and played with hold immense importance. Yet, there are countless children whose parents cannot afford to buy them even a single toy.
An Ahmedabad resident is working to ensure a beautiful childhood filled with toys and joys for underprivileged children in the city.
Web developer Hirin Dave has started the initiative Give Toy Give Joy, wherein she collects out-of-use toys from families and distributes them among underprivileged children across the city.
“It started last year when I realised that my 7-year-old daughter had outgrown some of her old toys. We had stacks of these toys stored in our cupboards, untouched. One day, I saw a few kids from a neighbouring slum area playing with an old cycle tyre and it struck me that the toys we weren’t using, and that were in a good condition, could be given to them,” says Hirin.
The very next weekend, Hirin took her daughter to the neighbouring construction site and distributed the old toys among the children of migrant workers. The joy she saw on the kids’ faces made this mother determined to take this up as an initiative, and she started approaching friends and family for toys.