Christmas is the most awaited occasion for most of us specially the kids. For them, it means giving and receiving gifts, attending Christmas parties, seeing Santa Claus (they are happy even with mascots), and eating a lot of candies and chocolates.
Now, after Yolanda wrecked many houses and claimed many lives, I wonder how some people in Northern Cebu feel about the occasion. Do they have sufficient food for Christmas and for the New Year? Are they going to celebrate Christmas at home or in the evacuation centers? How about the kids? Do they do caroling too in the middle of the night even without electricity? Do they have Christmas parties too when their classrooms were roofless? Are they even excited about exchanging gifts? Do they really feel the spirit of Christmas even without Christmas lights on the street?
These uncertainties are something that pushed me and my friends to organize a Christmas Party for the kids who were greatly affected by the super typhoon. Instead of celebrating our barkada’s year-end party, we have decided to share our blessings to the kids in Daanbantayan.
We first collected Php2,700 only. I was worried because I know it won’t suffice to feed 80 kids. Hence, I decided to post it on Facebook to encourage people as well to help too. After that, we received pledges and monetary assistance from our friends here and abroad.
So a big thank you to these people:
Hyiecent Abastas – Php 1,000.00
Wilsoneil Cabase – Php 2,000.00
Xela Guttierez- Cetore – Php 1,000
Reyna – Php 500.00
Mary Jay – Php 500.00
Rocelyn – Php 200.00
Iana – Php 200.00
Ron Dionaldo – Php 500.00
Marilou Tapic – Php 500.00
Vanessa Delfino – Php 1,500.00 and toys
Reyna’s friends – candies and toys
We went there yesterday (December 21,013). We prepared a simple party and cooked Spaghetti, hotdog with marshmallow, slice bread and juice for them.
We also prepared games, prizes and tokens. Instead of giving them loot bags, we have decided to wrap the goodies and toys with Christmas wrappers so that they would feel receiving something this Christmas too. All in all, we were able to give 90 kids.
For the games to be well organized, we assigned each kid a name tag with a specific color. There were four teams : Pink team, blue team, red team and Yellow team. Each team has two leaders (from our barkada) who will guide the kids.
It might be one of the most strenuous parties I organized, but it was all worth the body pains and headaches. Despite the bumpy road, everything still went flawlessly.
I can’t thank God enough for touching the hearts of those people who unselfishly helped us in this cause. I can’t thank God enough for not giving us a heavy rain. I can’t thank God enough for my friends who never think twice of supporting me in this initiative. I can’t thank God for giving us a safe ride. I can’t thank God for all these.
The kids were happy but I am the happiest after seeing their smiles and hearing their laughters.
There might be storms in life that will wreck us, but always remember that there is always a rainbow after the rain. This might not be as grand as other children’s parties, but this is the most fulfilling party I’ve ever organized.
Merry Christmas to all and a prosperous New Year! 🙂