A 47-year old man who paid his contribution in that same ideology. Saju Talukdar, a commercial car driver from West Bengal. Saju runs a Cloth Bank named Bir Birsha Munda Cloth Bank (BBMC) near Dimdima Tea Garden nearly 100 kilometers from Siliguri in the Alipurduar District of West-Bengal.
He has opened this cloth bank at his house to distribute garments among less fortunate people and those living in closed tea gardens of Alipurduar and Jalpaigiri. This clothes bank was established in January 2017. Mr. Saju has been collecting used clothes from people and dispensing to the people who need it.Saju has been collecting used clothes from people and dispensing to the people who need it.
Saju exchanged some words in one interview with 'The Better India' exchanged some words in one interview with 'The Better India'
"In government schools, guardians have to provide uniforms for their wards. When I applied for primary school my father, a tailor took me to a market where they sold old clothes. He took my measurements, stitched a pair of white shirt and black trousers, and send me to school in that uniform. After giving my class 5 half-yearly exams, my uniform, made of old clothes, got torn. With my father unable to make another uniform in time, I had to drop out of school."
As Mr. Saju was a school drop out, unable to continue his education due to lack of school uniform, led him to establish the cloth bank to help the people that need clothes. Saju was a school drop out, unable to continue his education due to lack of school uniform, led him to establish the cloth bank to help the people that need clothes.
Initially, he joined his father's tailoring business, he lost his interest soon in it later. Then he came across the truck drivers who collects minerals from the river. He developed a good relationship with drivers, he learnt to drive after that he started driving commercial vehicles.
During his daily rides, he observed the miserable life of several poor people. Then he started collecting old clothes and distributing to the poor people.
When he started collecting the old clothes from people, it was a big challenge going to each house in the neighbourhood, asking for old clothes. Several of the people didn't show the interest to give the clothes as they were not sure about their donated clothes will reach to the needy people. Later with his initiation, people donated their old clothes.
He cycled to the tea gardens and visited the underprivileged colonies to donate the clothes.
He created his Facebook Account with the help of one of his friends, and he showed Saju how to use Facebook. He started using Facebook in June 2014, and received great response.
Clothes from well-to-do families don't get spoilt, most of the clothes were in good condition, that would be good to put these clothes to use again. In January 2017, he started BBMC at his home with signboard. The People who noticed, they donated clothes.
He distributes these clothes at Bandapani, Ramjhora, Red Bank, Kathalguri, Dimdima and other closed tea plantations, besides railway stations and bus stops. He does not distribute clothes hand-to-hand.
He received appreciation last year (2018) from Bengali quiz show Dadagiri by Indian Cricket Caption Saurav Ganguly. That incident also played a positive role in his Garment collection.
Beside the cloth bank, he also runs a shelter home where he provides food and clothes to the homeless. These people had nobody to look after them. These people have no information about their relatives and family, not even address they belongs to.
The first thing Saju have sheltered them and after to find out their families. Most of them have been reunited with their families, but not all.
He runs the shelter home with the help of his friends, relatives, local residence and local government officials. He is thankful to the social media, also the generous people of the world who provide regular contribution.
There is no dearth of good people. People like Saju spread humanity and generosity in the world and proved the world still have kindness. If anybody wants to do something for other selflessly, all they need only strong willpower nothing more than that.