“We are to the the universe only as much as we give back to it.” These are the words of Meera Gandhi and the driving motivation behind the philanthropic efforts of her charitable organization, The Giving Back Foundation. Since its establishment in 2010, the foundation has made tremendous strides to empower women and children, with the aim of creating a new generation of influential leaders. Through its fundraising projects and other endeavors, largely supported by Gandhi herself, the foundation raises money that directly benefits education, which Gandhi sees as the greatest stepping stone to success. The Giving Back Foundation also aims to improve the health and well-being of all by addressing the needs of those suffering from illness and poverty around the globe.
Prior to departing for vacation in India last month, Gandhi checked the New York weather forecast and felt especially lucky to be escaping the “bomb cyclone.” She expressed her relief to yoga instructor Inga Benson, whose response sparked Gandhi’s next move for The Giving Back Foundation: There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Benson also noted that at the school that employs her husband, the Luis Muñoz Marin Public School in the Bronx, many children lack the appropriate coats for the cold weather and arrive to school freezing—a hindrance to their ability to learn. To improve the productivity and comfort of these students, The Giving Back Foundation has set up a coat drive for the school. With the goal of collecting enough coats for each student to get through this particularly harsh winter season, Gandhi is beckoning Quest readers to participate. So far, the group has had a great response but is still looking for more manufacturers to donate warm-weather clothing to support its goal. The school has also established a receiving space for volunteers to sort and distribute as packages arrive.
The coat drive is just one example of the many activities the organization is undertaking to accomplish its overall plan of promoting health, wellness, and education for all. Gandhi is also currently filming the second series of The Meera Gandhi Show, which airs on B4U TV Network, with all 13 episodes available at themeeragandhishow.com. Hosted by Gandhi and featuring influencers from all walks of life, the series discusses essential life-changing topics used to help viewers de-stress through increased peace and joy. Gandhi has also recently created The Giving Fragrance, a scent made with mood-elevating ingredients that few can resist. All profits from the fragrance go towards the charitable endeavors of The Giving Back Foundation. The world can never get enough of Gandhi’s refreshingly candid spirit and outstanding achievements—as Kerry Kennedy once said, “Giving to others is the greatest gift of all.”