Smiles that warm the heart

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project Halloween cupcakes

Toy Pusher Outreach Project Halloween cupcakes

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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).

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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.

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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. ^^;

Toy Pusher Outreach Project

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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13 Responses to “Smiles that warm the heart”


  1. ninjovee says:

    I’m so glad that you were able to push through with the outreach even though personal matters seem to have hampered your determination in going. So glad to see that these kids are getting something worthwhile :)

  2. radiant says:

    <3

    Seeing the kids' smiles makes me happy. It was definitely all worth it.

    Despite your personal reasons, you still managed to continue on selflessly and know that it was for the kids. To me, you made the biggest "donation" of all. I'm sure all your family members are proud of you.

    Congratulations on a successful outreach. :)

  3. chubbybots says:

    Haha the kids sure have lots of fun! Glad to be of help xine! Looking forward to helping out in your future charity projects. Since I am gonna be a dad soon, seeing these kids smile is more than enough a gift!

  4. Linda says:

    Seeing the kids happy make us happy too. Thanks for this worthwhile project.’ will be glad to help you in future projects. keep up the good work!

  5. Nopy says:

    I’m glad to see that all of the kids were happy, it makes me feel so much better.

  6. russ says:

    xine! so glad you pushed through with your outreach program! it’s nice to see the kids’ smiling and happy. the good Lord will bless you a hundred fold dude! i’ll be supporting your activities even if we’re miles apart in the years to come! ;)

    i also pray for the good Lord to give you strength and serenity. miss you dude! :)

  7. Yi says:

    I am so so happy to see that the project was a big success… and a bit ashamed that I couldn’t do more to contribute. Anyways, you’re a very lovely and kind person! ^ ^

    Those cute masks and cupcakes made me smile.

  8. rockleelotus says:

    well done on a successful project! so great to see the excitement and joy in all those kids ^^ i love how they were too pumped up to sit still for the group picture lol

    keep smiling xine and continue to bring happiness to those around you :)

  9. BioToxic says:

    I’m glad the event still went ahead and was a success. Everyone looks so happy and it’s great your friends and family were there to help you through. You’ve done a wonderful thing and I’m glad you got enjoyment seeing it through to the end.

  10. mikiwank says:

    I’m happy to see all kids so enjoye. Halloween is a good day for this :)

  11. h4mster says:

    Relly nice to see those kids having a really great time :D
    Your hard work really pays off Xine, congratulations on this event ^^

  12. rochelle says:

    congratulations with the success of your outreach project, xine — and again, so sorry that i could do very little to help :( i’ll definitely set a goal to do better next year!

  13. AS says:

    What a good Halloween and it’s great that your hard work has blossomed into the children’s happy faces ^^.


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