Thursday, January 31, 2019 | Social Responsibility |
MicroSourcing celebrated the holidays by adhering to the annual tradition of gift-giving and granting wishes. The Christmas trees located in every site was not just a display of holiday cheer, but also an opportunity for MicroSourcing employees to share their blessings and give happiness to people who need them the most. Christmas wish cards adorn these trees annually and in 2018, it was no different. These wishes turned into gifts and the gifts turned into smiles.
In partnership with Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK) Foundation, MicroMissions held the annual Playing Santa last December 22, 2018, in Pinyahan Elementary School in Quezon City. TNK is a foundation whose goal is to give back self-dignity and confidence to the children and the vulnerable, to lead the youth to a complete autonomous life, and to guide the elders in living their lives with dignity.
Playing Santa 2018 was held together with the TNK annual Christmas Party. The program started with a Catholic mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez. The doxology was performed by a Sign Language Class headed by Mrs. Grace Rivera. The mass also included the sacrament of Confirmation for some of the children. Mr. Gil B. Sarmiento delivered the opening remarks and MicroSourcing was introduced as the sponsor for the event. The foundation greeted us with their official Christmas song and the judges for the Center Presentation contest were introduced. While eating our hearty lunch, both kids and kids-at-heart enjoyed the jugglers and bubble shows.
During the program, we displayed the 421 gifts that were donated by our generous employees. The party was attended by around 500 street children that the foundation houses in their 19 shelters all over Metro Manila. The Center Presentation contestants performed in front of the crowd and impressed everyone with their talent. Even though this was a contest, everyone looked like a winner! Before the day ended, we distributed loot bags, which contained small toys and school items.
Though we were not present in the actual gift-giving part, TNK made a heartfelt video of the event and thanked MicroSourcing and its employees for putting smiles on the children's faces. It is heart-warming and inspiring to be a part of this tradition. We are looking forward to touching more hearts in this year's Playing Santa!
This article by Karen Kristie Sumortin was originally published in the MicroSourcing Newsletter.