December 5, 2015
There is a sea of humanity out there, all trying to reach out to those affected by the floods. People from all spheres of life are connecting to bring some respite in some form to the victims of the disaster that happened in Chennai and Cuddalore and other parts of the State.
NGO Youth Helping Hands is making preparations to send a team of volunteers to Cuddalore district. Its founder Arun tells us that “A majority of relief materiel is being sent to Chennai. The smaller regions like Cuddalore that are also hit by the floods are neglected. Hence, we at Youth Helping Hearts have decided to dispatch a team of volunteers to Cuddalore. They are scheduled to leave Coimbatore along with the relief materiel on Tuesday night. Our team of volunteers would connect with local volunteers in Cuddalore and we will ensure that help reaches the needy.”
Also working overtime to ensure that relief materials reach the needy across the flood hit regions in the state are the volunteers of NGO No Food Waste. This NGO had requested for relief materials like confectionery items, sanitary napkins, blankets, candles, and water packets, among others to be dropped off at two points in the city. “We received so much relief material and we have dispatched 22 trucks to all the flood hit regions in Tamil Nadu. As many as 14 trucks have been sent to Chennai alone. We will continue to send a truck with relief material to one region every night until Monday as we have collected so much relief material,” Chatrien Rajan, PRO, No Food Waste says.
Founder and Group Admin of Facebook page Kovai Foodies has formed a group on WhatsApp with the intention of collecting lingerie for men, women and children in the flood hit regions. Similarly, Coimbatore for Tamil Nadu (C4TN) has been formed in the wake of the floods. This group that is very active on Facebook has initiated about 24 collection points in Coimbatore city. Those who are interested in contributing relief materiel for victims of the flood hit regions can drop the same at the collection points. Brookefields Mall in the city has also set up a Chennai relief collection box. Those interested in making a contribution can donate general medicines, tooth brushes, tooth pastes, torches, clothes like sweaters, blankets and socks, candles and matches. Donations in kind are accepted at the Mall.