Celebrating a Fun Birthday at the Orphanage-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
WHAT can make one’s birthday more meaningful than to celebrate it with the less fortunate? Apart from making beneficiaries genuinely happy and feel loved, one can truly experience a sense of fulfillment and blessedness for sharing one’s graces to those who need them most.
Well, that is very true with the family of Charles and Sherill Harris. Instead of celebrating their only son Michael’s birthday eating out and/or traveling to the beach or go malling, the couple decided to celebrate their son’s 5th birthday with 50+ children at the confines of the Duyan ni Maria orphanage in Angeles City last Sunday, October 20, 2013.
A truly wonderful idea of sharing! Both the children at the orphanage and Michael Harris enjoyed the exchanges during playtime, meal time and gift-giving of candies. The great celebration was filled with fun and games unmindful of the scorching heat that day. Yes Juan, birthdays are meant to be celebrated, but not necessarily with posh gifts or material things to make it memorable.
Charles Harris, president of easyDNA Philippines, disclosed that he and his wife wanted their son to start early, be gradually exposed to life’s reality. And at a young age of 5, Michael started learning to share his blessings with the needy by celebrating his birthday with them!
What a fruitful day, indeed! The kids may not recall each other’s names, but I am sure, they cannot forget how happy they were that Sunday birthday. :)
ABOUT DUYAN NI MARIA. Ang Duyan ni Maria provides children with temporary or permanent shelter, home-care, formal and non-formal education, Christian value formation to abandoned, maltreated and neglected children, as well as to children of unwed pregnant women born inside the institution and to parentless poor children. Administered by Sr. Ma. Alessandrina Casas, Ang Duyan ni Maria at present takes care of 54 kids, 11 infants and 11 house parents. Occasionally, they receive donations from different organizations.
Duyan ni Maria started as a shelter for abused women and their children.
Later they also supported abandoned children. Now, the foundation sends the children to school. It is located in Angeles, Pampanga. (Taken from www.springboard-foundation.org)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 01, 2013.