Over 54,000 people have reportedly been rendered homeless and 39 people have lost their lives in the Kerala floods. Amidst this chaos, a blanket merchant from Madhya Pradesh named Vishnu Kachhawa decided to contribute his entire stock of blankets for the people in a flood-relief camp.
Vishnu, who hails from Neemuch from Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh, is a regular traveller to and from Haryana’s Panipat, from where gets blankets and sells them in Iritty, in Kannur district of Kerala. He lives in Iritty with his wife and two children—a five-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, as reported by The Week.
— Ramesh Chennithala (@chennithala) August 12, 2018
Vishnu was unaware of the extent of the floods realised how things stood and how dire they were after reaching the Iritty Taluk office. Vishnu then decided to donate his shop’s entire blanket stock for people in a flood-relief camp at Adichukootti Government School, Mangad.
“I thought he was joking. I asked him how he would earn his living if he donated his blankets. But Vishnu was adamant. We took him to the Adichukootti school where a new camp had opened,” an official told the media.
“Kannur is my second home. Kerala has given me everything—a place to stay, a livelihood to support my family and raise my children. I gave them what I have,” Vishnu told Onmanorama.
Vishnu has become a star on social media overnight and Twitter cannot stop talking about his gesture:
The idea of India…….the sheer generosity and kindness of those who don’t have too much https://t.co/symylzaxbB
— Harini Calamur (@calamur) August 12, 2018
Humanity has no borders. https://t.co/QUo7MDEPfc
— absolute_void(); (@sebinaj) August 11, 2018
Some heroes don’t wear masks
Meet Vishnu from Madhya Pradesh who donated all the sheets he brought to sell to those suffering from the floods
— Forum Keralam (FK) (@Forumkeralam1) August 11, 2018
#Vishnu a blanket seller was in #Kerala to sell blankets but ended up donating them to those affected by floods. #Hero #KeralaFloodRelief He proves you don’t need deep pockets, but a large heart to be humane. pic.twitter.com/EAr4c36Kxs
— Gita S. Kapoor (@GitaSKapoor) August 12, 2018
This is India….The sheer generosity and kindness of those who don’t have too much but a heart of gold. Meet #Vishnu a blanket merchant from Maharashtra who donated his entire collection to help Kerala flood victims. #KeralaFloodRelief https://t.co/KfW3fn8qYF
— Amber Zaidi (@Amberological) August 12, 2018
— LEENA (@kunfaaya) August 12, 2018