Yes, folks, it’s true, this is already my second article today! What’s going on? Usually I only write around three times per week on this site!
Well, the truth is that I wanted to come back again with a request to LiP readers. Back a few weeks ago, I wrote an article about Heroes, in which I made an appeal for readers to support this year’s LiP Christmas Drive. For those who weren’t around for the past couple of years, or just don’t remember, every year, for Christmas, Feyma and I go out and deliver food to needy families. We usually (almost always) do it on December 24. We deliver food mostly. For adults, we give them basic food needs that a family could use to prepare a Christmas Dinner (Noche Buena). Generally, our food baskets include things like meat, rice, salt, sugar, coffee, soy sauce and other basic food needs that are commonly used in Filipino families.
For the kids that we meet along the way, we have a little different treat for them. We give them a gift that includes a couple of small toys, some candy, maybe some pencils or other items for school, and that kind of thing. It is always very appreciated, whether it is for the kids or the adults.
In past years (we’ve been doing this for 6 or 7 years now, as I recall), we have been touched so many times by people that we have given to. Very touching stories of families that are in severe need and had no idea how they would celebrate Christmas at all. These kind of things have always made our giveaway very valuable and special to us. It is this that is our favorite part of Christmas these days, even for our kids.
For 2 years now, this being the 3rd, I have asked LiP readers to help make this giveaway even bigger and grander than it could have been if the money came from only our family. And, LiP readers have always come through in grand color! Last year we reaised just a few dollars shy of $2,000 for the giveaway. This year, we are falling behind that goal, but I hope you can pitch in a few dollars to bring a smile to the face of a Filipino child this Christmas. I know that it will make you feel good to know that you have put a small amount of food on the table of a young hungry child. That is why I am asking you to click on the “donate” button that you see here on this page and give something to help! Even if you can only give $5, it would feed a couple of people for Christmas! We have gotten contributions of $5 up to $200 this year, and last year one person even contributed $500 toward the giveaway!
Of course, I know that the economy is tight this year, but most of us reading this are fortunate that we are much better off than the poor people that we will be able to help. Please consider it, and if you can give even a small contribution.
It is my commitment to you that 100% of the money that you donate will go toward helping poor people. We do not use any of the money for administration. We don’t use it to help our own extended family, or anything else. Last year, we went up in the mountains of Bukidnon. This year, we are still choosing a place, but it will be some rural place in Mindanao where the people don’t have much hope of enjoying the kind of Christmas that you and I will enjoy.
If you can help, I would appreciate it very, very much! Just click on the “Donate” button, and you will be able to enter how much you want to contribute. No amount is too small!