Dear BIG HEARTS,
Happy Christmas! It is delightful to see all the lovely family photos – after church, on a vacation, in their houses on their matchy-matchy jammies, red, greens, whites, formal and casual OOTDs. Photos of sumptuous feasts of all kinds of Filipino dishes are flooding my newsfeed and it warms my heart how many of my friends have these lovely Christmas dinners. And of course, the morning after Christmas eve when we laugh and feast on the leftovers while we nurse on our hangovers. SUCH AN AMUSING SCENE!
In this season of merry-making, gift giving, pigging out and simultaneous parties and feasts, I could not fathom the tragedy, helplessness and outrageous pain felt by our brothers and sisters in Davao. Unfortunate events forlorn many of our countrymen as the typhoon Vinta caused a major flood that caused many families to leave their humble homes and spend Christmas in gyms, schools and evacuation centers. But help was there, help is received and more help is on the way.
Then, just a day after this calamity, a violent fire caught the historic NCCC Mall. I could not put into words what had transpired that day. Dabawenyos fought hard that day, they remained resilient and hopeful. Many were saved, many survived, fortunately, many got back to their families loving arms and find comfort in their presence. Time will help heal the trauma these people experienced. But then.
Miserably, others didn’t make it. Numerous lives were lost. This tragedy caused 37 families grieve on Christmas Eve. It would have been red and green and colorful shirts they would wear and not black. They would have been wearing ear-to-ear smiles and not mourning pins. They would have been celebrating Christmas like a traditional Filipino family, sending greetings, videos, cards, and memes, sharing photos of their feasts and OOTDs. They would have been.
But the events outside our control cause many broken hearts. Let us all include the victims and their families and friends in our petitions. I wish there was a way we could help comfort these hearts. No fancy words we could say will take a scant of the pain they are feeling. We feel for our brothers and sisters because we know how it is to have someone and love them wholeheartedly. And we would not ever want to feel we’ve lost them forever.
In our humble ways to help comfort our brothers and sisters in Davao, we are knocking at your BIG, AMAZING HEARTS as people who would like to help our brothers and sisters who were forced out of their homes due to the flood.
My friends and I are doing small independent outreach activity on December 29, 2018, Friday. We start with what our tiny pockets can accommodate and accept donations from friends who are willing to do the same.
Together, our little gestures can make a huge difference.
We are accepting alms in cash and in-kind and in service.
-Medicine and Vitamins
-Snacks, Biscuits, Coffee, Milk
We will greatly appreciate if you can donate your preloved stuff you don’t use and won’t miss.
-Clothes (Old but presentable)
-Old Plates, Glasses, Utensils
-Things that can be used still
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