It was a gloomy week but the weather seemed to be more cooperative last Saturday, October 30, the day of our Halloween party for the Virlanie kids. I had my hesitations whether to continue this project or not because of personal reasons. But I decided to go through with it with the support of my family and friends. And I’m glad I did. Seeing the sun shining brightly that day made me realize that I made the right decision. Though that day wasn’t about me, looking at the smiles on the children’s faces lifted my weak and severely wounded spirit.
It was really, really nice to see that my family and friends were there to give the support that I need. I am grateful that we were able to solicit more that what we expected and the outpouring of support and encouragement was overwhelming. I’d like to thank everyone of you, who in one way or another, helped make this project a success. We’ll be having an annual project similar to this and I do hope that you will all still be with me and be a blessing to those who needed our help.
A total of 51 kids from Marco Polo Care Center, Mother and Child Home and Tanglaw Home of Virlanie attended the event. They were given name tags and masks as part of the registration.
The kids listened and participated during the storytelling activity by our friend Emily. They eagerly made various witch-like laughter in response to the Halloween themed story.
These are the super cute and yummy Halloween cupcakes baked and designed by our good friend Elaine. Elaine was also able to donate and solicit almost Php 20,000 worth of items in cash and in kind, the highest from the group. She gets to keep Snow Miku for all her efforts. The second highest is Aylin, she was able to contribute almost Php 10,000.
It’s good that that we served prepacked food instead of having it buffet style. It’s a huge time saver and I could imagine the chaos serving little kids their food plate by plate. ^^; The kids and volunteers had pancit (stir-fried noodles), pork barbecue, lumpiang shanghai (fried spring rolls made with ground pork and minced vegetables) and pichi-pichi (a native dessert made with cassava and rolled in grated coconut).
I don’t have a lot of photos of the gifts and the donations but it was more than enough for these kids. Items like coloring book sets, medicines and toiletries were also distributed to other Virlanie homes.
The excited kids were running, hovering around the gifts and goodies, shouting and playing games. It wasn’t that organized and of course kids will be kids, but we knew they had a lot of fun and that’s what important.
We weren’t able to make the kids sit longer for a nicer group photo with the volunteers since they were too pumped up with all the sugary treats that they ate and too excited to play with their newly acquired toys. This is all we got. ^^;
Again, thank you very much to everyone who supported this project. Special thanks to my wonderful family, Mom, Dad, Pollux and Alexa and to my dear hubby, Ali, to my friends Aylin, Soc, Len, Nath, Nico, Emily and Denise for all your help and for being with me on that day. Thank you Aunt Linda, Nathalie, Carol, Rosselle, Ayleen, Weng and Fides, Janice, Bevs, Rico and Yasmin, Desiree, Pong, Ali’s colleagues, to everyone who helped, thank you! To my online friends Rochelle, Daniel, Patrick, Alvin, John, Kelvin, Brent, Webster, Jan, Ninjovee, Michael, Yi, Softz, though you do not know me personally but still you gave me your trust. (Apologies if I missed anyone) I really appreciate everything you’ve done for this project. You’ve made a lot of kids happy. God bless you all and until our next outreach project. ^^
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