Project Christmas TOY
Enzo Lacap | Dec 19, 2013
Marikina, Philippines – 240 students from St. Scholastica Marikina spent a (half) day to wrap gifts for the kids who survived typhoon Yolanda.
The mission of the students is not just to wrap gifts but to be enlightened of what’s happening to the kids of Tacloban. The team leader of project TOY, Ms. Tina Marasigan (who is also an alumna of the school), gave a brief explanation about the activity. Armed with scissors, scotch tape and gift wrappers with a box full of toys opened; the exciting session for the children totally began.
After wrapping, the students were told to create cards that will serve as their message for the kids who will receive the gifts.
(Christmas cards created by St. Scho students for the survivors of Yolanda)
(A letter to uplift the spirit of the kids of Tacloban)
(Don't lose hope)
(Warm wishes from St. Scholastica Marikina)
I interviewed some of the grade 5 students and asked about the wrapping session. They said they were informed Wednesday and was given a waiver to come to school on a holiday (because it’s Marikina Day). They were eager to volunteer for the gift wrapping as their contribution to help the survivors of Yolanda. Another girl also said that: “Nung nalaman ng mommy ko na it’s for Yolanda survivors pinirmahan niya agad yung waiver.”
Follow up question to the group --- If the school didn't provide a waiver will you guys still volunteer? “Yes, gusto nga po namin kami pa magbigay directly sa mga kids sa Tacloban nitong mga gifts na binalot namin for them.”
Aside from the wrapping activity, the students were serenaded by Lingkod Kapamilya coordinator Mike Shimamoto with One Direction/ Bruno Mars medley.
The gifts will be airlifted in Tacloban via Philippine Airlines as Lingkod Kapamilya will mount an event and conduct activities for the survivors.
With the collective efforts of Lingkod Kapamilya staff, St. Scholastica Marikina students and together with those who helped the project prosper; it was indeed "mission accomplished!"