Christmas is just around the corner. But do you really know what Christmas means?

For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. While the birth of Christ is a special and miraculous event, it isn’t the primary focus. The central truth of the Christmas story is this: the Child of Christmas is God.

In the modern world, each of us carries within ourselves a set of rules about the art of giving. Sometimes acknowledged and rarely being talked about.

What do we normally do? How do we give a gift? Give the gifts as they are?

Many believe that the idea of gift exchanges must be of equal value.

If you set the rules that gifts must be of equal value, how do you decide what “value” is?

Full retail price or the actual amount spent?

How will you assess your end of the exchange?

Will you be disappointed if you received a gift that is less “valuable” than that you gave?

I ask you to remember those in need this year by giving something truly meaningful – giving hope to those who are in need.

This holiday season, people are making plans to enjoy the season with their loved ones. But for many, this holiday season will be a very difficult time. Who would forget the standoff in Zamboanga and the wake of typhoon Yolanda which has left many of our brothers and sisters in the province of Visayas leaving them in terrible condition. Less fortunate kids are also having a difficult time enjoying Christmas.

The best gift you can give this Christmas is your compassion and help.

This time of the year, my favorite museum, Museo Pambata joins you in giving our fellow Filipinos a very Merry Christmas.

Here are some simple ways in which you can help bring a smile to someone’s face this season:

GIVE A GIFT OF GIVING

Help decorate a Christmas Tree.

Did you know that when you buy a Christmas ornament will not only decorate a tree but will certainly brighten a child’s face. Proceeds from the ornament sales will help fund our Gift Giving activity, to be held on December 15, 2013. In this event, 1,000 street children will be invited to enjoy a museum tour, a fun-filled program, and go home with bags filled with goodies.

“Christmas Tree of Treats” is an annual fund-raising project by the museum guides. Purchase an ornament when you visit the museum. Each ornament costs around Php 50 – Php100.

Sponsor a child’s gift bag.

During the Gift Giving activity, the children enjoy a fun-filled morning and each invited also child gets to go home with a gift bag with canned goods, sugar, noodles, and the like for his/her family and their Noche Buena.

Your Php 500 can go a long way by sponsoring one gift bag for a child. Contact our Marketing Department (523-1797/98 loc. 2 or 536-0595) for more details.

GIVE A GIFT OF GIVING

Give your old toys a new home. 

Children in Zamboanga have been left in difficult living conditions after the standoff. During these difficult times, it is hard for them to go to school and enjoy being a child. Help them reestablish their dreams by giving your old toys a new home.

One can donate new or old but usable toys for children and school supplies for high school students. Drop off your donations at the museum lobby or administrative office.

For more information, contact the Programs Departmen of Museo Pamabata (523-1797/98 loc. 3). This project is done in cooperation with the Philippine Toy Library.

GIVE THE GIFT OF GIVING

Photo above: Telus Day of Service – 2,000 bags in 1.5 hours for the Typhoon #YolandaPH victims.

Become a Volunteer

Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Visayas Region, Philippines that killed and injured thousands of our brothers and sisters leaving them homeless, no food, medicine and shelter.

Typhoon Yolanda or internationally known as Typhoon Haiyan has been part of the news since it struck the Phillippines on the 8th of November 2013, almost half a million people are now homeless with no access to food, now water supply and even medicine. The death toll are increasing and the list keeps getting longer every single day.

I know this too shall pass but for now we can make a difference and lets keep them in our prayers. I am currently low on my travel funds so I decided not to take trips at the moment. In addition, I would also like to give a commendation, a hearty and heroic salute to all my friends and colleagues who took part in our relief operation activities who dedicated their weekend volunteering for the #YolandaPH relief operations.

No effort or help is too small or insignificant. We need all the help we can in making this Christmas happy for everyone.

Make the holiday season truly meaningful by lending a hand to people who need your help.

God loves a cheerful givers! 

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