December 6, 2011

Beyond Charity - It's More About Love and Understanding

Filipinos are known for celebrating Christmas in grand style. We spend it with elementary friends, high school friends, college friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, church mates so on and so forth. We even spend Christmas parties in charitable institutions, such as orphanages, golden acres and institutions for disable. The least we could think of is a place or institute for social outcasts like a jail or prison. Even some of my closest friends asked me why give to such an institution while you can give somewhere else. One of them even told me, what if they shot you there or do something bad with you all. I told her "not very many would want to be with them because of the wrong choices and actions they have made, I added, "we're all sinners at one point in our lives, but God continues to forgive us. Who am I to judge our fellow who are behind bars? This activity is beyond charity - it's more about love and understanding. So off I went at Mandaluyong City Jail last November 21.



I made a program that includes games and some magic shows, but when we arrived at the venue I was given a cue card complete with the activities that the inmates prepared. They wanted to surprise us with song and dance numbers as their way of thanking us for sharing time with them.








Gift giving followed immediately right after the program. Food was served in their cells.



Happiness was overflowing although all of us cried. The inmates were thankful that we took time out in spending an early Christmas party with them. I told them in my closing remarks that they actually made us happy knowing that life is to be valued not only with family and friends but also with strangers longing for love and understanding.


Special thanks goes to Jes Lising, Nora Aquino, Jing Javier, Olga Espino and Joan Borlaza for the help they extended. Big gratitude to my friend, Lyn Borje, who happily shared her time and effort in this endeavor.


Our group headed by Ate Glo (she prefers not to be seen) mahiyain e.

8 comments:

  1. oh so touching naman :( They are welcome! Im happy i was able to help khit paano :D

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  2. Awww! Happy faces, happy hearts, happy souls, that's the joy of giving. Love it! Carry on friend... ;)

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  3. Thanks Jes and Jing! Until next gift giving. I LOVE YOU both...

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  4. I wish I was there too and how I wish I could give more. It always feels good to share blessings to others. You are one of a kind Joy!

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  5. God bless your generous and compassionate hearts!

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  6. I agree with NUTS, it feels good to share the blessings :D

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  7. Nuts!! we can help sharing sa anniversary ng Occassion of Joy next year.

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  8. gogo!!!!!babalik din ang blessing sayo

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Thank you for the joyful comments!