Khammam: The evening of Easter Sunday was a happy one for residents of Gurralapadu, a small village in Khammam rural mandal in the district. The reason was that they had an opportunity to shop clothes of their choice for free, courtesy Khammam Youth Association (KYA), an NGO run by youngsters based in Khammam city.
The KYA had organised ‘Street Store’ at the village, the most part of which was a slum. Men, women and children gathered at the store to shop clothes such as sarees, shirts, T-shirts, pants, chudidars and many others.
Around 500 pairs of clothes were distributed to about 200 poor residents of the village. “Everyone at the village felt happy. We were pleased to bring smiles on their faces with our unique event,” the KYA founder Deeti Sree Teja told ‘Telangana Today’.
The Street Store was started in 2014 to help clothe the poor of Cape Town, South Africa. It has now become a global event with hundreds of groups across the world joining it, he said.
Running a Street Store was an innovative way to help the poor and homeless in a dignified manner, Teja said informing that he and his teammates had worked hard for over two weeks to collect clothes.
“Everyone in the team made great contributions to make the event a success,” he said adding the team members — Anusha, Sowrabha, Yeshwanth, Shashikumar, Saicharan, Harsha Kumar, Manaswini, Praveen — participated in the event. “Ours is the worldwide store (No. 903) and is officially announced by The Street Store,” he said.