Local organization raises awareness and funds for children in need

Hampshire County

The Indian Association of Greater Springfield hosted their annual Picnic in the Park event Sunday afternoon.

The event, held at Look Park in Northampton, is intended to raise awareness and funds to combat hunger for underprivileged children.

All proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to an organization in India that provides hot meals to children who are in need.

Youth leader Trijal Thakkar told 22News, “We want kids in India to get more education and to have a motivation to go to school because kids in India are missing school to work for food. If we give them the free food it’s incentive for them to get an education and have a better future.”

Also held at Sunday’s picnic was a canned food drive for children here in Western Massachusetts, as well as a shoe drive for children in Africa.

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