Jeddah, April 16: At least 20,000 used textbooks were distributed by two Indian community organisations among needy parents and students across the country.
The Indian Cultural Society Jeddah (ICSJ) and Bazm-e-Osmania are the first and oldest non-resident Indian (NRI) associations in Jeddah that have been involved in social work for over 38 years, Arabnews.com reported.
"Parents and students came from as far as Makkah, Taif, Madinah and Yanbu to collect the free books and other items," Arif Quraishi, ICSJ and Bazm president said.
The distribution took place recently at a local restaurant in Azizia district on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The textbooks collection drive began last month, in which the charities urged parents and students through newspapers and posters to donate old textbooks at certain locations in Jeddah.
Apart from books, old uniforms, bags, new notebooks, new and old shoes, dictionaries, guidebooks and stationery were also distributed.