Be it donating to various charities, offering his Juhu hotel to healthcare providers or feeding 25,000 migrants during Ramzan, actor Sonu Sood has been working relentlessly towards helping those in need amid the Covid-19 pandemic. And he took his philanthropic work a step forward when on Monday (May 11), he arranged ten buses for 350 migrant workers to help them reach their homes in Karnataka.
When transportation started opening up, Sood coordinated with the police, the Maharashtra government and the governments of other states, seeking permission to send these people home. It was also essential to ensure the workers were not from red zones, and their health checkups were done too.
For the journey, food and refreshments were also packed, shares Sood, who plans to send 10 buses to different states every few days. The next on his list are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand. Since these first set of buses left, he has been getting hundreds of calls every day, and he’s contemplating sending some of workers back home via trains as well.
In return of his good deeds, Sood cherishes all the love and blessings showered on him. On an emotional note, he shares, “I had come to Mumbai with just Rs 5,500 and have earned enough. My mother would say ‘life is all about giving’. If I can’t give back to the society, then this isn’t a good life I am leading. Thinking about what these people are going through while I’m in the comforts of my home, gives me sleepless nights,” he shares.
With no intention of stopping, Sood wants to help as much as possible till this crisis is over. “This is my duty; I won’t rest till I can help these people reach home.
Asked how his industry friends have been reacting to his efforts and whether they have extended support, he says, “Many have called to praise my efforts. As far as help is concerned, I’m sure they are doing their bit