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Donation of warm clothes- ‘Wall of Kindness’- brings smile on faces of poor and needy
move behind noble deed widely appreciated.


Srinagar, December 6, (Scoop News)-With mercury dipping below zero degree in the valley, people are voluntarily donating their warm clothes by hanging them on a wall near the Bund for those who need them to ward off icy cold.

‘Wall of kindness…… Take if you need…., Hang if you have….,’ is written in black and white on a wall facing picturesque banks of river Jhelum.

Two days ago, on Tuesday the onlookers were surprised to see warm clothes hanging on the wall with a message that spread warmth among the netizens in the valley. They appreciated the motive and intent behind this noble deed. Many needy people were seen picking up the clothes.

“Instead of going from door to door and asking people for warm clothes, we can now pick up our required clothing from here. Poor people like us need these clothes,” said Mehmooda, a widow.

People were seen voluntarily donating warm clothes by hanging them on the wall. “I read it in a local daily yesterday and came today with some warm clothes,” said Zubair Ahmed, a private employee. “Helping a poor and needy person gives me immense satisfaction and I am doing it in the name of Allah, I appeal everyone to come forward and help poor and needy,” he added.

Initially, the idea of donating warm clothes by hanging them on walls was conceived in Turkey which later on spread to other Muslim countries.

A London based charitable organization ‘Who is Hussain’, an NGO, also started the drive across countries beginning Iran in 2015. Kashmir chapter of the same NGO is behind the initiative in the valley. An initiative launched by a group of Kashmiri youth who wanted to start it at their respective places on ‘notion of anonymity’.

These young men came together and set up a ‘Wall of Kindness’ to enable people to donate clothes and food for the needy. A common platform has been provided to the donors and the poor to help one another. The noble intent behind the move is to narrow the gap in the society and imbue the spirit of donating (Zakaat) among the people.

Similar initiative is being also being worked out in Kashmir University where students could donate their books and stationery to fellow students who belong to poor families and cannot afford the same.

Earlier, another drive, ‘Apparels for Poor’ was launched by a group of doctors in the valley. They too are collecting warm clothes and have delivered nearly 300 sets of clothes to the needy and the poor so far.

Interestingly, names of both giver and taker are kept incognito....
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