Having to leave his own education due to lack of school uniform inspired Saju to take up this initiative. Though the clothes bank was inaugurated in January 2017, Saju has been collecting used clothes from people and distributing to the needy and elderly for more than a decade now. Today, the clothes bank has 50,000 units of clothing, and every week Saju distributes around 3,000-4,000 clothes to families in nearby tea gardens, railway stations, bus stops and wherever else people need clothes.
Having worked for little over a decade and earning anywhere between Rs 400 and 700 per day, he quit in 2008 to drive for commercial vehicles full time. During his daily rides, he saw people scrounging for food from dustbins, roaming around half-naked and living a miserable life.
He cycled to the tea gardens and visited the less fortunate colonies. There, he observed who needed the clothes the most. He would then approach the shanties where the people lived and distributed the clothes.
He distributes these clothes at Bandapani, Ramjhora, Red Bank, Kathalguri, Dimdima and other closed tea plantations, besides railway stations and bus stops. He does not distribute these clothes hand-to-hand. Besides the clothes bank, Saju also runs a shelter home—Heaven Shelter Home—for the abandoned, where he also provides food, and clothes to the homeless.