Starting last year, me and my college friends try to reach out to those in need every December because it is the only time that we have extra money because of 13th month pay and some bonuses for others. Last year, we went to Manila Boys Town in Marikina City to provide some orphans a little Christmas party with the help of McDonalds. It was such a wonderful event because it made those little children happy and we felt a wonderful feeling: the feeling of joy in helping others.
This year, we plan to do it again in other orphanage in Tagaytay. But when we heard of the calamity that strucked Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao because of Typhoon Sendong, we realized that we should also help them. They need food, water and clothing but we think that what they really need is drinking water because of the scarcity of clean drinking water in the area. Since one of my college friends is working in TV5 (one of the local TV stations in the Philippines), we deposited some money in her account and she will be the one who will buy bottled water and send it in their office. She texted us and said that our money donations produced 10 boxes of bottled water and will be sent immediately to the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
After reading her message, I felt very happy because we helped other people in need again. I know that many other Filipinos are also reaching out their hands to the victims of the typhoon. The "Bayanihan" tradition in the Philippines is still alive.
To all my fellow bloggers and readers, you can also do your part in donating. Remember that it is better to give than to receive. It doesn't matter if the donation is big or small as long as you grab the chance to help others. You can donate cash, clothes, foods, medicines and bottled water. Please see details below.