by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
Thursday, March 09, 2017 | Social Responsibility |
February 14 is the day of love - love for family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers.
MicroSourcing holds an annual Valentine’s Day event to give cash and/or in-kind donations to a chosen charity. This year, Grace to be Born shelter, an organization that ministers to pregnant girls/ women in crisis, the unborn and newborn babies.
As a fundraiser, Employee Engagement-CSR sold roses and balloons across Manila sites and was able to raise P43,135.00.
Last February 18, 13 volunteers went to Grace to be Born to give the donations from MicroSourcing employees. Nine mothers - four are pregnant, four just gave birth, and one was in the hospital due to her baby’s complications - received the mommy and baby essentials such as bath soap, shampoo, powder, maternity napkins, cotton, alcohol, feeding bottles, diapers, moisturizer, and lotion, while the shelter received stainless casseroles, infant weighing scale, canned goods, plastic storage boxes, plastic food gloves, laundry detergent, cooking oil, clothes hanger with clips, and distilled water.
The youngest mom is 14 years old and the eldest is 30. Most of them are from the province and their identities were kept secret by the shelter due to family issues and the sensitivity of their cases. Some of them shared that they want to finish their studies and some want to work. MS Volunteers gave them a boost that life doesn’t end in the shelter and they can definitely achieve what they want and give a future to their babies, as long as they work for it.
While having our afternoon snacks, DMC band, headed by Stephanie Reyes, gave us a treat with their acoustic renditions of popular songs. One of the mothers is going to celebrate her 18th birthday in March, so we sang to her and gave her roses just like what a debutante would have for her 18 roses. All moms also got roses and balloons for a post-Valentine’s day.
The weather was not cooperative that day but seeing the smiles on their faces and how happy the moms, the babies and staff are, made the trip worthwhile.