It has already been written a number of times on LiP this year, it’s Christmas time all over the world, and what a wondful season that we can all enjoy our families, and the special things in our lives. It really is a magical time of the year, and a time that personally treasure a lot myself.
When we first moved to the Philippines, I had a hard time really getting into the Christmas Spirit. A number of things caused me to not really feel too “Christmasy” – among them, the warm weather which is not what I was used to for Christmas. About 6 years ago, on December 24, I told Feyma that I really longed for that feeling of Christmas spirit, and wanted to do something to bring it back. On that day, we decided to put together some small bags of food and distribute these bags to poor Filipinos, to kind of share what we had with others who had much less.
That day, we purchased about 100 hamburgers, juice, candy for the kids, and other such items, and we went around Davao giving these bags to homeless people. It really brought a lot of joy to my heart. It made me feel that indeed it was Christmas again, and it even turned out to be one of the most joyful Christmases that I had ever experienced. Now, every year we do this. It is something that also grows each year for us. We distribute to more people, we add more items to the bags, etc. In the past few years we have come up with two different types of gift bags too. For adults, we give basic grocery items that they can use to prepare a Christmas meal. We have included things like coffee, sugar, cooking oil, corned beef, rice and other such items. For the children, we give them small toys, snacks, candy and such.
Another thing we have done is to change to new locations. We have gone to Bukidnon to give these items, down to Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur and to many other locations. Each year is a differnet place. I cannot describe the amount of joy that we get from this.
This year, I want to make this a much bigger thing, and give away to a LOT more pople. I want to ask you, our loyal LiP readers if you would be willing to make a donation toward the giveaway this year? It doesn’t matter if your donation is large or small. Even if you an only afford to give $5 or so, that would go a long way toward giving some people who have nothing a very joyful day at least one time. One person, totally unsolicited, recently wrote to us and offered to give us $100 toward this, and we gladly accepted. If anybody can give that amount as well, what a great thing we could do for the poor people here in our area! Imagine, if 20 LiP readers could give $100 each, we could give $2,000 worth of goods to these poor people! What an impact that would have! Of course, our own personal donation would add to that amount too!
One thing we want to do this year, if there are enough people who can add to the money that we will give ourselves, is to add a chicken to each of the gifts to families, so that these poor people will have a nice meal with a Christmas chicken for their family too.
If you can donate, I am providing two different ways to make your contribution. First, I have placed a Paypal button at the bottom of this column. You can click on that, and enter the amount that you want to donate for the cause. Secondly, we can accept money through Western Union.
For Western Union payments, please send the amount to:
4 Ruby Street
Marfori Heights Subdivision
Davao City 8000
If you send Western Union, please e-mail me with the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) which is required for us to claim the payment.
Let me say – there is no obligation for anybody to donate, and I won’t feel badly toward people who don’t make a donation. That is not what this is all about. I just want to offer you all the chance to experience the joy that I have gotten from helping these people who need our help so much.