With the Independence Day just looming, preparations and festivities are undergoing ceaselessly. Flags, badges, balloons and the jhandi streams are ubiquitous across the country. We, as a nation, love to celebrate and partake in overzealous festivities but fail to actually make an effort in improving the lives of our fellow citizens.

As a society and as an individual, we must contribute and make an impact and what better day do it on than our Independence day!

Below is a suggested ‘starter pack’ for those who are inclined towards leaving a positive mark on the society.

1. Take an oath

Make a promise to yourself of not only being a better human being but putting in an actual effort to make a difference, wherever and however possible! Start small. Care about the smaller things. It is the little things that matter.

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Better yet, visit the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam to help give you a mental and emotional push towards the right direction.

 2. Do an Act of Kindness

Think about what can be done for the underprivileged. Make a donation or pay a visit to the Edhi centre or Dar-ul-Sakoon. Vow to be nicer and more approachable in your conduct.

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You can always donate clothing items or hang them on any Wall of Kindness. Begin by helping someone with groceries, gardening or running errands for the elderly in your neighborhood.

3. Clean the beach

The beaches we love visiting so much should be clean and free of all the unwanted litter. To show that you care, you can always head to the beach with a broom, a dust mask and huge shopping bags with as many people as you can.

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Create an event on the Facebook page, send out invites and together go for a cleaning spree. You can make a day out it!

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4. Plant a Tree

Given the recently dramatic rise in temperature, it is imperative that more trees are planted to help control the extremity of temperatures and keep the environment clean and green. 

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Chalk out a plan and select a place where a bunch of people can easily plant trees after the official permission is granted.

5. Visit the Orphanage/ Children’s Hospital

Nothing gives you more pleasure than spreading a smile across a child’s face.

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Turn up with balloons, flags, jhandis and badges. Sing all those patriotic songs at the top of our voices and share some snacks with the little ones- you will make a great difference,trust me.

6. Support Someone’s Education

Commit yourself to spreading education or by playing your role in supporting education when it comes to those who cannot afford it themselves. You can either join an organization or contribute an amount to support a child’s monthly education

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Support causes like The Citizens’ Foundations’ Baghbaan campaign ‘#my1250forPak’ where a monthly payment of Rs. 1,250 supports one child’s educational expenses per month.

7. Learn about CPR

Learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is essential to learn because you’re faced with unpredictable medical situations in life and putting this skill to good use can actually help save someone’s life.

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Grab an opportunity and enroll yourself in a workshop or a seminar to learn a few basic steps. 

8. Donate blood

If you are healthy, Donate blood! It is one of the biggest services to humanity. You can easily find out where you can donate blood as per your convenience. Burhani Blood Bank and Indus Hospital are two relevant names.

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9. Feed the less privileged

Share festive edible items or a care pack with anyone you meet on your way, to lift their spirits and spread a smile or two. Get your friends or family to take part as well, to do as much as you possibly can.

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Better yet, join Robinhood Army as a volunteer for starters.

10. Spend time with the elderly

Head to a senior citizen home nearby and give them your company. Time is the most valuable thing they crave. Spend some quality time, listen to their stories and take along some Independence Day celebration energy to cheer them up. It will make their day!

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You can keep this spirit alive for a day, a week, a month or throughout the year! Happy Independence Day to you all.

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So which one of these do you plan to do? Let us know in the comments below.

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