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Vendors in bone-chilling winter hope Christmas will bring joy

Vendors in bone-chilling winter hope Christmas will bring joy

New Delhi: Christmas brings joy every year, but for some kids these days might become a boon if they earn sufficient to help their families. However, children outside Sacred Heart Cathedral church are leaving no stone unturned to make their wish come true by selling festive products in this bone chilling winter.

"It's tough to sleep without a roof, but I hope this year my Christmas stuff will be sold so that I can feed my family," said Heena, a vendor who was selling deer hats near Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi area.

As the mercury steadily keeps dropping before Christmas in Delhi, vendors are having a tough time spending the night on Delhi's streets.

Most of the vendors are from different areas, but as Christmas around the corner, they have gathered near the church in New Delhi area to sell the Christmas products.

Few meters away from Heena, Sarita was selling candles with her nine-year-old son. "Around 12 am, I close my shop and then we sleep beneath the tree with the help of plastic sheet," said Sarita.

She further stated that her three kids (aged 9,13 and 16 years) go to school and after coming from there they help her in the shop.

Eight-year-old Kajal had come from Paharganj area with her family to sell festive products.

"I wear a coat and then sell the stuff in this chilling night here in Delhi," said the minor. While her relative Dant Singh was standing next to her wearing deer hat to attract visitors.

"I hope this year will sell all the Christmas product and with the money my family will get bread and butter," said Singh, a native of Maharastra.

Heena, who was holding the one-month-old child in her lap and selling Christmas caps, said "I can't do anything but selling all festival products so that I can feed my three kids."

Her five-year-old kid was helping to sell the products.

67-year-old Tulsi Ram, a resident of Okhla, was selling the candles. "I hope in the next two days selling will increase," said the elderly person who was sitting on a piece of cloth.

He further stated that in the night, he warms himself around a bonfire which lit in the nearby areas on the cold winter nights.

During Christmas, the homeless kids only hope that people buy their festive products so that they can help their families and for which they are sleeping in open so that they can sell the goods anytime.

Pooja was another woman, who was selling Santa Clause mask, stuffs like butterflies and stars said that it's tough in the night to sleep on the streets but we are helpless.

Abhay Singh

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