Bashundhara Group, the country’s largest industrial conglomerate, brought smiles to the cold-hit people in different places of Bagerhat on Wednesday.
In Bagerhat Sadar, around 900 distressed people received blankets at a programme held at Zila Parishad (district council) premises.
Speaking on the occasion, they thanked Bashundhara Group for standing by the helpless people during the pinching cold.
If other corporate houses and well-off section follow the example of Bashundhara Group, it will be of great help to the society, they opined. Durga Rani, a recipient of the blanket, said her husband is disabled and not capable to work.
The family is struggling for survival as she and her daughter earn very little money by working as domestic helps in the area.
“Winter is the cruellest season to us as we do not afford blanket or warm clothes,” she said.
Expressing happiness after getting the blanket, Durga Rani said she is grateful would pray for Bashundhara Group.
She said the blanket will alleviate their suffering caused by the bitter cold.
Bashundhara Group also distributed blankets among cold-hit people in Morelganj, Chitalmari, Fakirhat, Mollahat, Kachua and Rampal.
In Morelganj Upazila parishad premises, 300 distressed people received blankets the same day.
Upazila Parishad Chairman Advocate Shahi Alam Bachchu, Vice-Chairman Fahima Shabul and Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Jahangir Alam, were present, among others.
In Chitalmari Upazila Parishad compound, Bashundhara Group distributed blankets among 150 cold-affected people.
Some 150 distressed people received blankets in each of Chitalmari, Mollahat, Fakirhat and Rampal Upazila Parishads.
Chitalmari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Syeda Faizunnesa, Mollahat UNO Md Wahid Hossain and Fakirhat Upazila Parishad Chairman Swapon Das and UNO Sanjida Begum, and Rampal Upazila Parishad Vice-Chairman Nurul Haque Lipon attended the programmes in their respective areas.
In Katchua, 200 insolvent and cold-hit people received blankets from Bashundhara Group.
Upazila Parishad Chairman Nazma Sarwar and UNO Zinat Mahal were present in the blanket distribution function.