Fifty-five (55) VIDES volunteers brought holiday cheers to the residents of Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga last December 8, 2013.
The traditional early Christmas celebration with the Aeta community started with a prayer and reading of the gospel led by Sr. Mildred and volunteer students from the Mary Help of Christian School of Mabalacat. Sr. Joy shared an inspirational talk which stressed the importance of heeding John the Baptist's call to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
After the reflection of the day's gospel, the children and mothers joined the VIDES volunteers in dancing and singing praises to the Lord Almighty.
Thereafter, snacks were distributed and the simultaneous activities commenced.
VIDES doctors, nurses, and volunteers attended to the close to 200 persons who needed medical assistance.
VIDES volunteer Sarah Aguilar handled the session on the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (UN CRC).
Children and adults also happily queued at the VIDES Salon.
The other volunteers sorted and repacked the donated goodies to be given away.
Before going home, the villagers happily lined up for their early Christmas gifts courtesy of VIDES Pinoy volunteers and our benefactors from Singapore.
It was certainly a very successful outreach activity once again!
Our heartfelt gratitude to our VIDES doctors, Doc. Lanie, Doc. Cecille, Doc. Vangie and Doc. Marian. Thanks also to our nurses, Jen, Grace, Tintin, Janett, Linda, and Edwin.
Our gratitude goes also to the FMA Sisters for accommodating us and to all VIDES volunteers for sharing their blessings for 300 children of Sitio Monicayo. Special thanks to our Singaporean friends for the toys.