Sunday, September 1, 2013

Christmas in August

Last August 24, 2013, my high school batch mates organized a charity event - to set up a feeding program for the street children and underprivileged youth in Pasig City.

This event took months in planning, involving most, if not all Paulinians (SPCQC High School Batch 81) worldwide. Bebeth took the reins for batchmates residing in the US and Joanne took charge of the locals. I was unable to attend, making me feel that I lost an important chance to give the poor kids some hope in life.

The chosen venue was the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig City, which runs a soup kitchen for street children in the area. My batch mates organized the event named "Christmas in August" with the very same purpose - feed the children. Through the selflessness of my batch mates, they were able to collect donations in cash and kind which were all stuffed into loot bags. In those bags were canned goods, rice, noodles, milk, biscuits, sweets and yes, ice cream and cotton candy. Then there were clothes, school supplies, small toys and toiletries too. 

My batch mates distributed lunch packs for the children. They had chicken, rice, a burger and a drink. Rorie shared a story of her experience. She said she noticed one child not opening her lunch pack. Another batch mate, Rose, asked the child why she would not even touch her food. The child simply said "Iuuwi ko nalang po sa bahay. Andun po kasi si Tatay, si Nanay at mga kapatid ko." ("I will just take this home with me. My father and mother are there, so with my other siblings"). To quote Rorie's post in Facebook - . "A piece of chicken, rice and a yummy burger for a family of five? I am humbled..."

The event lasted the whole morning and it was a rousing success. I hope that the next time an activity like this comes along, I would be able to take part in it. There are children out there living in dire straits. One kind deed can go a long long way for them. 

I am sharing this story to the world to inspire others that we can, in the humblest of ways, in the smallest of efforts, to share love and blessings to the ones who own the future of our country - the children.

Thank you, Bebeth, Joanne, Maricar, Yvonne, Rorie, Rose, Janet, Shari, Maritoni, Anna, Sheila, and all the others who have selflessly given anything and everything to make this a very memorable experience. 

Here are some photos of the event:






















To God be the Glory!

25 comments:

  1. Oh what a noble idea, I like it. Christmas in August. I'm sure it all went very well, as seeing the photos.

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  2. My family and I loves this kind of program were in you share your blessings with kids or with oldies. I just bought Christmas presents for the family, so it;s Christmas in September for me! :P

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  3. What a great job you did! You should be proud!

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  4. Looks like a great event and so many were helped! :)

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  5. I want Christmas everyday :-) !

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  6. This looks like a great event thanks for sharing.

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  7. What great idea, and for a great cause. Those children must have been so happy. It's sad that there are so many people out there who are going hungry.

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  8. Such a great event and cause! I bet they were very thankful for everything

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  9. Seriously, what an amazing event!! That is amazing!!

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  10. Looks like a fun event and you shared food to children as well.

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  11. hi there sisterette!!! way to go...your site is rolling towards happine$$ love yah...and oh yes, God bless your good heart and that of your batchmates...

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  12. I like Christmas in August as well.
    3 months from today and its Christmas in December

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  13. What a great cause you guys did! May God bless people like you who shares blessing to less fortunate ones.

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  14. so nice of you to do such a wonderful charity event with those kids who needs help and needs to be happier in just certain time nor things they could possibly can.

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  15. Right! The time of giving is not only meant on December. It could mean everyday. This is an awesome undertaking.

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  16. young as they are, they already know how to share and have the compassion to think of their family as well and I could imagine the joy they have sharing the food to their family

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  17. What a lovely cause your batchmates did, Ate! Even though you weren't able to come, I'm sure you were able to help in some ways, somehow! :)

    Two thumbs to everyone! God bless!

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  18. Christmas in August. YES!! A noble evnt for a great cause. Cheers Paulinians. Marami kayong napasayang mga bata, dumami rin nawa ang lahi nyo.

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  19. First off, I love the print at the back of your shirts! I pray that you grow more deeply in God's grace and that you find it more in you to share your blessings! Kudos:)

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  20. This is so touching! Indeed, Christmas doesn't necessarily be on December!

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  21. Your group's kind deed has surely touched a lot of lives. May you be blessed a thousandfold!

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  22. I like participating in this kind of event , its true sharing a blessing is not only on holidays.

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