September 24, 2013

Helping the children of Zamboanga

If you've been tuning in to the news these past few weeks, you would know the citizens of Zamboanga are facing a difficult time. Due to an invasion by rebels, thousands of families have been forced to vacate their homes. Some of whom even lost their houses in the process.

Everyone's experiencing various levels of trauma, no matter where you are in the city. Even simply being stuck at home, fearing for your life and feeling utterly helpless can take its toll on you. I should know. However, I think the ones we should be giving special attention to are the children. Kids do not deserve to have their innocence robbed of them because of the atrocities that this crisis has brought.

This is why I would like to talk about projects like the Philippine Toy Library. Its main aim is to bring joy and hope to the children of the country, most especially those who are unable to have toys of their own. All of us were kids once, so we know how comforting toys can be during tough times. 

Abrazo Zamboanga is another similar project, though this one focuses on collecting stuffed toys. Being someone who actually hoarded these fluffy toys in my youth, I can understand why they'd choose to collect them in particular. Stuffed toys are able to bring comfort simply by allowing children to hug them.

Any questions regarding Abrazo Zamboanga, may be forwarded to 09177961378. Donations maybe dropped off in the following places:

Bombproof Outdoor Shop
Robinsons Galleria Ortigas

Conquer Outdoor Shop
Robinsons Pioneer

If none of these drop off points are accessible to you, you may opt to start your own toy drive in your area.

A quick reminder though, and this applies to both campaigns, please make sure that all donations are clean. They don't necessarily have to be new, but we can save time by donating toys that are ready to be given to the children.

Also, I'm appealing to my fellow bloggers to take their time to share about projects like these to their networks. It's the least that we can do during a time like this.

If you have a similar campaign and you want to get the word out about it, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'll gladly feature it here.

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