28 October, 2020

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: School Boy Arnav Rathore Is A Blessing For Needy Senior Citizens

The Class XI student from Chennai has been providing rations to the elderly. His initiative to provide food has received crowd funding

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: School Boy Arnav Rathore Is A Blessing For Needy Senior Citizens
outlookindia.com
2020-04-26T19:35:48+05:30

Arnav Rathore is not your ordinary schoolboy—fully immersed in sport, friends, studies, social media and television—amidst this extraordinary lockdown. After reading that senior citizens were the most inconvenienced by the suddenness of the decision, Arnav responded to an inner calling. Through his friends and the police contacts of his ADGP father he compiled a list of needy senior citizens in the Mylapore and RA Puram area of Chennai. He also shot a small video and circulated a Whatsapp message, asking about any senior citizen who needed basic provisions. Drawing inspiration from his mother Shilpam Rathore’s Aranya Foundation, which has been feeding the poor in Delhi and Chennai for nearly five years, he put together a food bag with enough rice, dal, spices, cooking oil, salt and milk powder to last for seven days for two people.

“The wholesale dealer who supplies my mother’s project was happy to supply me. Each food bag cost Rs 350; initially my friends and I paid for them before crowd funding took over,” Arnav recalls. When he...

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