Be the Santa

Alisha Shinde
Friday, 22 December 2017

To add to the Christmas cheer, restaurants, hotels and stores in the city have come up with initiatives that will help spread smiles

We’d all like to believe in  Santa because he brings a lot of cheer and happiness.  Now what if you turn into Santa and help spread happiness and joy around, especially in the lives of those who are not so privileged? Well, if you want to don the Santa cap, here’s your chance. 

A few places in Pune have come up with initiatives which will help you celebrate Christmas by spreading joy. Sassy Spoon, Koregaon Park, has come up with ‘Be the Santa Claus with a Cause’ initiative, which gives you the chance to donate books, toys or even money to the lesser privileged. Rachel Goenka, CEO, Sassy Spoon, believes that Christmas is that magical time when kids eagerly make their Santa list. “But this year, we wanted to make it special for underprivileged children,” she says. 

To support it, they have requested their patrons to be Santa to the amazing kids by donating whatever they like at the donation booth placed at the restaurant. Goenka says, “The joy of bringing a smile on their faces and giving them the love is indescribable.” She further adds that the guests are really touched with the initiative and are loving the fact that they are getting an opportunity to be Santa for a Cause and also earn blessings along the way. 

The activity has been organised in association with Bhartiya Samaj Seva Kendra, an orphanage which helps in educating underprivileged children in Pune and Aurangabad. 

Marks and Spencer India, recently introduced the ‘M&S Clothes Exchange’, asking their customers to bring their pre-loved clothes to their stores and in return get a voucher for their contribution. All the clothes that they get will be reused and recycled by their charity partner Goonj. 

T G Ganesh, head of sustainability, Marks & Spencer India, says, “We’ve received a fantastic response from the customers.” He further mentions that Goonj is the perfect partner to help them make a difference as they use the clothes for the underprivileged or disaster-affected people. Spreading joy amongst the underprivileged is just a part of the whole initiative, the bigger picture here is that they’re committed to becoming a zero-waste business by 2025 because the planet’s landfill sites and resources are not infinite. 

They believe that unwanted clothes should have a future and they should be put towards a good cause and not just thrown away. Through the initiative all the clothes that they will receive will be reused and recycled by Goonj and not a single item will go to landfill.  

Christmas is a joyful time that brings out the brightest smiles and fills each one’s heart with happiness and excitement. This year, employees of Hyatt Pune, Kalyani Nagar, are set to curate some happy memories and joyous activities for kids from Sarva Seva Sangh, an NGO which works on the education, empowerment and rehabilitation of underprivileged children who live on the streets and are at high risk. 

Yamini Bhakri, HR manager, Hyatt, says, “With our Santa we want to ensure that these children too get to experience the excitement that the festival brings with it.”

Christmas is not only about dressing up and having fun with your dear ones, but spreading cheer around and doing your bit for society. 

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