On Wednesday, I posted a video of the ABS-CBN Christmas Song, “Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko.” Today, I am going to say that in my opinion, you, the readers of this site are the Stars of Christmas! Yes, Jesus is what the holiday is all about, and he is the ultimate Star of Christmas. But, through your generosity of giving to the LiP Christmas Giveaway this year, a number of you readers have become Stars of Christmas yourselves! And, I really mean that.
The LiP Christmas Giveaway 2009 is complete, and it was a huge success. I can honestly tell you that as I write this, I feel some real emotion for the season, and big amount of gratitude for those of you who helped make Christmas a little better for some poor Filipino families who are less fortunate than we are.
This morning, Feyma, my kids, a nephew and neice and I all went out to distribute the gifts that came from the money that many of you donated. It was another great year for the giveaway. This year, we raised a bit less money than last year, but there were more individuals that contributed. I kind of expected the dollar amount to be down a bit, but it really was not that far down, though. Last year, we raised just under $2,000 to buy giveaways for the poor. This year, we got about $1,700. But, last year’s total was partly due to one person who contributed a huge amount ($500). No gifts that large this year, but a lot of gifts from $5 to $50 or so made a huge difference. There were also a number of $100 gifts and a very generous $200 gift this year. So, overall, more people gave this year, and the amount given was very nice. I think you dearly for that.
This year we stayed within the City Limits of Davao, although out of the City proper, up in the hills. We started out in Barangay Mandug, and beyond. This was our first year to visit that location for the Christmas Giveaway, and we realy enjoyed it greatly. The people were so kind and grateful too, and that made our day! I was telling Feyma that I particularly like giving to young kids (like toddler age), and to the old people. Then I said, “oh heck, the truth is, I enjoy giving to everybody!” And, that is honest.
I am including a video of the giveaway, yes, this year we remembered to bring the camcorder! The limit for video length on YouTube is 10 minutes, and this video is 9:55. I wish I could have included more, but that is the limit that YouTube imposes, so I had to make it a bit shorter than I hoped. But, I believe that the video will give you a good idea of what you made possible this year through your generosity. We really had such a great time meeting all the people, and I think it will show in the video just how much we enjoyed it.
Earlier this week, I wrote something on my Status on Facebook:
In recent years, I have learned that the most joyous Christmas can be had by giving unexpected gifts to people that you don’t even know!
If you are my friend on Facebook you may have seen my message. It is so true, and this giveaway has really changed my life a lot, and you who contributed allowed us to make this giveaway so much larger than it was when we first started 7 or 8 years ago. I thank you sincerely for that.
So, anyway, the 2009 LiP Christmas Giveaway is complete. I am proud of all that you guys have done to help me make a tiny difference for my area to help the poor enjoy a nice Christmas. The truth is that what you have done has also helped me have a much more meaningful Christmas as well.
Thank you sincerely. And, in addition to the Video, here are a few more pictures from the event today, and the preparation over the past couple of days.
Merry Christmas to all LiP Readers. And, a heart felt thank you to all who helped make a few Filipinos a little happier for Christmas 2009!