Warning: Tear-jerking moments ahead.
Albeit we're caught up in the madness of the season, it's good to be reminded that this time of the year, is, more than anything else, about sharing what we have—going out of our way to hopefully give more than we usually do, be it the gift of time, effort, or material presents, to those who need them. There's no big or small act of kindness, really, because whatever you can share, if it's from your heart, it will surely go a long way,
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Below are three heartwarming stories of millennials spreading love and happiness to children who won't get to have the usual Christmas celebration this year because they're in the hospital battling illness. And they visited the kids not only armed with lots of positive energy, but also decked in cool costumes:
Ohana MNL, in partnership with Clowning Around Manila, "Bringing the Magic of Christmas in the Hospital Walls." A non-stock and non-profit organization that aims to promote social responsibility among youth with the mantra “Nobody should get left behind," Ohana MNL conducts various outreach programs for sectors in need that don't get much attention from bigger organizations like street dwellers, and these children confined in hospitals. For this particular event, Disney princesses performed for and played with the kids, on top of their usual gift-giving activity.
Globe's #CreateCourage activity at the Philippine General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Ward. The telecom company gave more meaning to the Star Wars phenomenon by using one of the characters in the iconic film franchise to promote courage amid trials. Even better, they brought a battalion of stormtroopers to the PGH Pediatric Cancer Ward not just for an early Christmas celebration for the kids, but to help raise awareness about the needs of the ward for its rehabilitation so that it will be better able to take care of its patients.
Jr. NBA Philippines' NBA Cares Gift-Giving at the Philippine Heart Center Pediatric Ward. Jr. NBA All-Stars, UP Fighting Maroon guard Jarrell Lim (Batch 2011) and Ateneo Blue Eagle Tyler Tio (Batch 2013), along with Jr. NBA Coach Ruben Lanot and the Larc&Asset PR Team, became Santas for a day, encouraging the kids at the Heart Center to be strong in their fight against their condition, while giving away cute toys that surely lifted up the young ones' spirits.
May we all be generous like them in helping make a difference in other peoples' lives. Happy Holidays!
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Photograph from Ohana Manila's Official Facebook page (banner) and courtesy of Jr. NBA and Larc&Asset