Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | Social Responsibility |
"The visit made our elderly friends really happy," said Christine, a MicroMissions Volunteer.
A post-celebration for Grandparents' Day, MicroMissions organized a 2nd visit to Kanlungan ni Maria for games and conversations last October 5, Sunday. MicroMissions was joined by volunteer nurses from Siena College - Taytay, one of them celebrating his birthday at the shelter.
Volunteers and elderly participants spent most of the morning connecting through stories. "Conversations made them feel good. I think no one wants to be left alone. It helps to know that other people care about you," said Karen, a MicroMissions volunteer.
New relationships with the elderly moved volunteers. "One of the Lolas, Yaya Cita, reminded me so much of my Nanay Leonora. They both couldn't walk anymore. Yaya Cita plays sungka all the time and the first time I heard her laugh, I was teary-eyed because she looked like my Nanay Leonora when she laughed," Karen added.
The group also enjoyed a game of BINGO, a favorite pastime at the shelter. All lolos and lolas received prizes of shirts and cupcakes in the course of the game. After that, volunteers and elders gathered for a home-cooked lunch meal.
The morning's finale was a surprise magic show by volunteer Angel Castro. Lolos and lolas were amazed by tricks of cards and strings.
In the end, everyone celebrated connections formed and rekindled. Volunteer Glaiza summed up, "The fulfilling part was relating with what lolos and lolas are going through - the happiness they expressed at how a young group like ours chose to spend time with them sharing stories, serving meals, playing a game of sungka and Bingo. Being in the company of the elderly taught me the value and meaning of quality time."
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