That’s the only word I can use to describe this year’s First Day of Christmas decorating event held at Boystown in Marikina last Saturday, December 3, 2011. People donated tons of Christmas Decorations, toys, food and clothing! There were a few who also donated cash which we used for the Art Materials (we had a Jesus Bday Card contest), the Jesus Birthday Cake, prizes for the games, gasoline costs, extra food for the volunteers, water and ice.
The party was a joint project between The Edge Radio and PAS – the Philippine Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals.
At the end of the party, we had three fully decorated trees, one whole entertainment hall decked in trimming, four panels of faux stained glass (Doris Rodriguez and Vida made them by hand!) and more than a hundred happy children!
Special mention goes to my beauty queen friends:
Evangeline Pascual (Miss World Philippines 1973) – for donating meals to the Foundlings of Boystown! Thank you so much darling, for asking your friends to also donate to the project. You are beautiful to the tips of your toes!
Maribel Lopez (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1982) – the “Pasaway na Nanay” showed her soft side when she handed me a plastic bag full of decor! This controversial queen has a compassionate heart!
Alma Concepcion (Bb. Pilipinas International 1994) – for attending the event and helping serve the food to the children. She almost was not able to make it, but she found a way to squeeze the party into her busy schedule; I appreciate it a lot, mwah! Miss Friendship ka talaga!
Dang Cecilio (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1979) – this beauty queen was one of the first to respond to my call. Dang Cecilio quickly pledged to send toys. And I got one big boxload of them when I picked up her donation at her office. Thanks Dang, you are indeed a beauty with a cause!
Emma Yuhico (Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism 1977) – wow, this is the second year Emma Yuhico baked cookies for First Day of Christmas! She sent over Oatmeal Cookies and Chocolate Chip cookies. They were so beautifully tempting but I did not take even a bite. They all went to the girls living at Boystown!
Carla Lizardo (Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental 2010) – and her Mom Chat, dropped off some sweet treats and goodies for the children of BoysTown! Last year, they sent cakes! Maraming salamat!
Izza Gonzales (Bb. Pilipinas Maja 1985) – my co-winner in the Bb. Pilipinas 1985 was able to send boxes and boxes of juice and muffins! Thanks so much my dear, I love you for your kindness!
Other highlight of the First Day of Christmas 2011 decorating party at Boystown:
Sarah Johnson of UP Manila brought over 120 of her students! They played frisbee with the children, helped finish off the decorating and guided the children during the Jesus Birthday Card contest. Big help guys and girls!
Actress/Singer Isabella de Leon showed up with her Dad Dean to sing a few songs for the children – they all sang along! Thanks Isabella, you were sick that day and yet you made it. You are one SUPER DUPER TROOPER!
Becca Music (courtesy of Stan Kui) sent more than 300 Daily Bread Devotionals which I was able to give away at the Old Folks home in Boystown. Yes, they have a home for abandoned Lolos and Lolas and I gave them Daily Bread Devos and Word for You Today magazines.
Avon (the beauty product company) also donated 275 slippers and 740 t-shirts to Boystown. Thanks so much for the support!
And the biggest fruit of our effort – some Frisbee players came to do a clinic out in the field with the bigger boys while we decorated the entertainment hall inside. At the end of the clinic, the Frisbee players, headed by Ruby Ang said they are planning to come back to do regular Frisbee training with the older kids. According to them, they found two or three naturals who took to throwing frisbees like a fish to water!
Please view our slideshow and be inspired by the children of Boystown and all the volunteers and donors who helped make the First Day of Christmas 2011 a success!!!
Thanks so much to all of you who donated decor, food, money, time, toys, clothing etc. Without you this party would not have been possible. I thank God for thoughtful people like you who are willing to go out of their way to help the less fortunate. May He bless you mightily in everything you do!