Uber sends home cabs with volunteers to pick up your unused clothes, utensils, books and more, on International Day of Charity
Their Facebook page is already alive with pictures of celebrities including Arvind Swamy, Surya, Vishwanathan Anand, Jayam Ravi and Vikram Prabhu, holding up cards or black slates showing the number of items they have donated. Comparable to the Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral the world over, #Chennai Gives by the Madras Round Table 1 and Uber, is an initiative that will pick up your surplus clothes, toys and other articles that could be of relief to those in need. “People can give sporting goods, board games, kitchen utensils, umbrellas — anything that be used by others. But it should be given responsibly. For instance the clothes should not be torn or stained, they should be almost new,” says Puneet Gupta, the chairman of Madras Round Table No 1, whose team of around 20 Round Tablers (and their spouses) have been spending the past few days preparing for this event, that’s their way of celebrating International Day of Charity (September 5).
The whole of tomorrow, the Uber app will display a splash screen and you can call their cabs to pick up your donations at the push of a button. Needless to say, Uber will not be charging you for these pick ups, and will also come equipped a volunteer who will pick up your items personally and encourage you to take a selfie with them.
Besides the old and unused, several companies and groups are coming forward to donate brand new articles that will be segregated and distributed among the six NGOs that have been chosen to benefit from this initiative. “The Rajasthan Cosmo Club is donating 20,000 garments to be distributed among our beneficiaries,” Gupta gives us an example. So pick up a slate and start counting what you can contribute.
|This is a great way of getting the entire community to contribute. We are giving away a lot of books that are still in mint condition
—Adithyaa Srikkanth, CEO, Zeal City Studio
|Both my grandfather and father have donated
throughout their lives and I was merely following suit. My family and I are elated to be supporting this cause now which we hope will resonate with all the people of our
state and country
—Vikram Prabhu, actor
|We realised we had so much to give. Starting with shoes and books to old phones and mobile chargers, there’s so much we don’t realise can
be given away
—Ashvin Agarwal, director,
— Ryan Peppin