Being a non-celebrant of this month’s celebrations has given been relative freedom from pressures of excessive giving and excessive consumption at the same time. But the continuous bombardment of the media of photographs and video footage of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro permeated through me. And so in part to enable our organization, Kapatirang Pitong Lawa sa U.P. Los Baños to participate in a community service, a relief mission was organized for three days at San Pablo City, Laguna.
I was only able to come on the last day of the mission and what surprised me was the volume of goods that the organization was able to collect. Sacks of clothes came from one barangay alone and last-minute donations were also received. Despite the intermittent rain the group was able to transport the goods to LBC which offer free delivery of relief goods to Mindanao. What we have collected thus far may be small compared to others who have truckloads but giving, as I realized as I went home after delivering the goods, is as subjective as any other concepts. It is not about how many or how much you have given. The worth of something you have given is lodged in the sincerity of your giving. You give out of heart, so they say. We hope the goods would reach the people of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro before the year ends.