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A warm gesture

January 13 - 19, 2021
Gulf Weekly A warm gesture

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

 Big-hearted individuals across the kingdom are giving the gift of warmth this season as they rally to donate cosy clothing to the less fortunate.

The Winter Appeal drive, a yearly campaign first launched in 2016, is run by a group of volunteers working under the label of ‘A Box of Goodness’ to provide those in need with items such as sweaters, coats, jackets, ear muffs, gloves, socks, blankets, woollen shawls and heavy linen.

“The donations will go to less fortunate families and individuals in Bahrain,” said Sri Lankan Malay Miranthi Dole, better known as Miro, who is the founder of the initiative.

“The items collected are shared with both locals and expats to spread warmth during this chilly season.

“Every year we donate clothing and occasionally heaters to those who need it the most. We also aim to support migrant workers who predominantly work outdoors so that they are given the necessary clothing to combat the seasonal harsh winds and chillier climate.

“Many workers who face the cold working outdoors can often be seen in flimsy shirts, which is all they have. We aim to support them in any way we can.”

Clubs, businesses, schools and hotels such as the Westin City Centre Bahrain in Seef, Pure Yoga + Cycle in Hamala, the British Dental Centre in Nakheel Centre Saar, the St Christopher Junior School in Saar and the Bahrain Rugby Football Club in Janabiya, have set up donation boxes either at their reception areas or by security in support.

Donations will be collected until the end of this month, however, for those that would like to continue contributing clothing and linen can contact the charity directly.

A Box of Goodness will also be announcing its annual Ramadan
 Food Drive shortly.
Miro said: “We will be announcing it soon in order to share dry food with the less fortunate that are fasting during the holy month. We will be collecting food items such as rice, all-purpose flour, oil, dhal, ghee, dates, noodles, milk, tea, sugar, green gram, chickpeas, hares, jareesh and any other type of dry or canned foods.”

For details, follow  @aboxofgoodness on Instagram.

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