Christmas wishes for Yolanda children

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


"JESUS loves the little the children all the children of the world," so goes the lyrics of a popular Christian song for kids.

Indeed, there are so much one can learn from little kids. Their simple thoughts that come from their pure hearts can correct, rebuke and soften one's resolve to also see things as they do.

Children may be very attention-seeking at times and possessive of their belongings, too, but when times to share and give help arise, never underestimate their efforts and contribution.

A six-year-old boy from Japan who donated all his piggy bank savings to victims of Typhoon Yolanda or the Filipino street child who gave two pesos for the survivors of the monster super typhoon are only few touching stories that inspired millions of people around the world.

In this season of giving and sharing, Davao kids also share their Christmas wishes for children survivors of Yolanda and of course their own personal wishes as well.

Julia Fe Angelica M. Oreta, a three years old student of Values School Inc., said: "I need to give them money, buy them houses, food, toys and lots of everything!"

Julia also wished a Play-Doh Machine for herself.

Sherl Nicole S. Jumao-as, a nine-year-old Grade 2 student, said she wanted to have a cellphone for herself but also wished that children in calamity-stricken areas be given the help that they need.

"Sana mahanap ang mga parents nila o di kaya ma-adopt sila para may pamilya narin sila sa Pasko at mabigyan ng maayos na tulugan at pagkain," Sherl said.

Tim Fergal Rockspart Ced, eight-year-old student of Maa Christian Learning Center, wished to have a Lego this Christmas and wished typhoon survivors, "Mabigyan ng pagkain at mga damit. Sana maging masaya ang Pasko nila."

Three-year-old Brianna Baintin, for her part, said: "Sana magkaroon sila ng mga pagkain kasi kawawa sila kung walang food."

Sean Nicolas S. Abalayan, seven-year-old first grader at Abba's Child Science School Foundation, wished for a Nerf toy and hopes that Yolly's kids receive "mga bagong bahay at kagamitan para may matirhan at magamit sila ngayong Pasko at sa araw-araw".

Eight-year-old Angeline Bacani, Grade 2 student at Values School, wishes to get a new Lego toy this Christmas also wishing, "more food, maayos na bahay" for the survivors. Angeline says she prays for them every night.

Six-year-old kinder student Samantha Mei Teo of Ateneo de Davao University, meanwhile, said, "I wish that they will have plenty of food to eat and toys to play."

James Francis Guides, eight-year-old grade 2 student at Holy Child School of Mintal, hopes to have an I-Pad as he also wished for young Yolanda victims to get new toys "para maging happy sila".

Jhone Erika Sales, Grade 3 eight-year-old student of Royal Valley SDA, also wished new houses for the kids in typhoon-stricken areas.
It's refreshing to hear the wishes of young children.

As we all celebrate Christmas Day tomorrow or as we gather our loved-ones for the Noche Buena on Christmas Eve, let us all pause to pray for our less fortunate brothers and sisters and the children who will spend Christmas alone or are still grieving the losses of a family member. May God keep them strong and steadfast as they face a more challenging new year. Merry Christmas to all!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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