All this talk of doing something for under privileged children reminded me of an incident. My son always gives me a part of the birthday cash he receives for giving to one of the children's association that i may support.
A couple of years back, i was enquiring from his very close friend as to what he wanted for his birthday. This boy kept insisting that Aunty i really don't need anything, please 'mujhe kuch mat do'(please don't give me anything). I was at that point about to write a cheque for a Children's charity. So i asked him' Shall i contribute the money i was going to buy you a gift with to this charity on your behalf?' He was very thrilled with the idea, even went over the literature from the NGO along with me and we all had a reflective discussion.
A few days later, another friend who was present during the discussion, came up to me and said 'Aunty will you please do for my birthday also what you did on Kshitij's birthday'. Ofcourse i was more than happy to. But i was overjoyed to receive a call from this boy's mother the next day to inform me that this little boy had asked all his relatives to contribute to a charity for kids as their birthday gift to him.
His mother informed me that they in any case had for years been feeding underpriviliged kids as part of his birthday celebration, but this incident helped him think of ways in which that effort could be extended.
Of course they do have their party with cocktails and dinner for friends too....