Kollam: Lalithamma, an elderly woman living at Thekkumbhagom here, wished to donate her entire life's savings to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to fight COVID-19 but did not know how she could do that.
Finally, the 70-year-old found a unique way to hand over her money - amounting to Rs 5,101 - to the authorities. She blocked a passing police vehicle and gave the cash to the officers.
Officers of Thekkumbhagom police station who received the money shot the visuals, which were then shared on social media, making Lalithamma a celebrity.
Lalithamma earlier worked in a cashew factory and now receives a welfare pension from the government. She also earns some money for work under the Employment Guarantee Scheme. The elderly woman, who lives all alone in a house made of metal sheets, saved money from these income to contribute to the Chief Minister’s Fund.