The art of giving-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Alah Soledad M. Sungduan and Sonia Daoas
PLANS for gift giving are now under way for several groups in the city for the celebration of the yuletide season.
For Kindasan Lions Club apart from the yearly gift giving they conduct before Christmas Day to some patients at BGH Hospital they are also set to include a number of indigent students from Baguio City National High School for the program. This is a project which they started last year.
The Kindasan Lions Club under the leadership of Charter President Sonia Daoas will also partner with RPN-DZBS headed by Station Manager Malou Lacsamana-Pasucal for the conduct of gift giving in line with the Diwa ng Pasko celebration.
For their part, the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) lead by its president Roderick Osis have already started plans for the same purpose for some indigent children as the beneficiary.
This talk about gift giving reminds me of the same activity that I joined few years ago with the Rotary Club of Metro Baguio. It was not just a mere distribution of gifts that happened then.
A day full of memories to treasure was given to the students of Batuan Elementary School in Nangalisan Tuba, Benguet who have not yet seen Baguio City as they were treated to a tour to the prime destinations in the city for a day, given Christmas treat in a popular food chain, and went home with gifts.
Another gift giving activity that I could not forget was the “Christmas is for kids” program done for the first time by Moutainview Satellite Corporation Production Team for the children at Dominican Hill barangay. The beneficiaries were given toys and had a chance to play games with the mascot of a popular fast food chain. The activity was held at the Diplomat Hotel ground.
Given the chance I would like to continue on doing the same program and include it in a yearly activity. Those moments when you see the children smile with the little things that you do are the moments that you will always treasure in life.
May the yuletide season be another time for us to reach out and touch the lives of our unfortunate brothers and sisters. Let the art of giving reign in our hearts. What matters is “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving,” as Mother Teresa said.
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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 25, 2013.