Thrissur: When social activist Devassy Chittilappilly and his team of ‘Karuna’ volunteers saw a man in tattered and dirty clothes feeding himself on food waste sitting on a garbage pile at Velappaya, they immediately decided to rescue him.
The man was given a bath, haircut, shave and a sumptuous meal. Then the man spoke: “I am Jagadeesh, belonging to Karnataka. I had left home, but now I want to go back.”
Jagadeesh had not taken a bath for so long that he shivered when Karuna volunteers poured water over him. His hair and beard had grown long. But after the bath and on getting new clothes, he brightened up.
Karuna volunteers soon bought a train ticket for Jagadeesh to his native place. They also gave him money for other expenses on the way. During the trip to the railway station, Jagadeesh was so happy that he sang songs all along the way. At the railway station, he was given a warm send-off by the volunteers.
Devassy Chittilappilli and his team supply free food to around 600 patients at Thrissur Medical College Hospital every day. During Lent, Karuna volunteers engage in several other humanitarian activities also, including giving a bath and food to homeless people living on the street.