Archive for November 2009

Drop Off Centers for your Decor Donations!

November 13, 2009
What do I do with this old decor?

What do I do with this old but pretty decor?

Have you rummaged through your old Christmas decor? You might find something still usable and beautiful. I’m collecting Christmas Decor Donations for the First Day of Christmas project where we aim to ‘invade’ an orphanage, decorate it and then share with the children the real story of the First Day of Christmas when Jesus was born.

If you would like to share your Christmas decor (old or new) we are in need of the following:
A Christmas Tree – at least 6 feet
Tinsel and Trimming
Wall Decor
Mini Christmas Trees
This Mini Christmas Tree and 30 others just like it were donated by Belo Medical Clinic!

This Mini Christmas Tree and 30 others just like it were donated by Belo Medical Clinic!

If you have NO decor, that’s okay. There are many other ways to help! You can send donations like:
Sweet Treats (special request from the kids: Krispy Kremes and Hot Chocolate but other sweets are WELCOME)
Books and Toys
Basic needs
Cash donations (via Paypal) Just go to our website – and click on
the Support Us tab. That will take you to our Paypal site.
All your Decor Donations etc. will be used to decorate and bless the Shepherd of the Hills Orphanage in Project 4!!!   
DROP OFF CENTERS: (Please label your donations with name and contact details!!!)

Alabang – Care of Grace
Arboso, Sedena and Associates
Unit 908, 9th Floor
Civic Place, Civic Drive
Philinvest, Alabang, Muntinglupa
(Right Across Asian Hospital)

The Edge Radio
Unit 301, State Condo I Building
Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village,
(please text 0918.959.3343 for directions – Makati has lots of 1 way streets.)

Pasig – Care of Bona
River of God Office
Basement, Robinson’s Galleria
(this is the level where Abenson’s and the Bingo place is)

Quezon City – Care of Joyce Titular
Channel 9 News Department
Broadcast City, Capitol Hills, QC
(Ch9 is on the way to Celebrity Sports)
You can leave donations with the guard at the gate

Please text 0918.959.EDGE to
coordinate drop off in Marikina.

If you have any questions, please text 0918.959.3343 or call
339.0140 M-F during office hours.

Ron with a Candy Cane donation!

Ron with a Candy Cane donation!



Mom with Cancer Takes Time to Volunteer with Daughter!

November 11, 2009

Rizza Torno and Mom Josette

Rizza Torno and Mom Josette

In last year’s “First Day of Christmas” event, where we decorated an orphanage and a hospital ward,  I was deeply blessed by the presence of a good friend of mine – Rizza Torno – who brought a truck-load of cookies she baked herself for the 25 orphans at Jesus Loves the Little Children Foundation.

Rizza Torno (left) 'guarding' the cookies etc. with Edge volunteer Ditas Pangilinan

Rizza Torno (left) 'guarding' the cookies etc. with Edge volunteer Ditas Pangilinan

Far more amazing was that Rizza brought her Cancer Warrior Mom Josette Torno to the 2nd decorating event at the Philippine General Hospital. They were both there with ANOTHER truck-load of homemade cookies!!!

During the little show we prepared for the rehab patients, Josette felt so moved that she took off her brand-new sneakers (they were bright ORANGE) and asked us to give them away. So we held a little ‘Cinderella’ contest on the spot and gave the the designer sneakers away to one VERY happy lady who had the right feet.

I remember the topic of our conversation that day so clearly: Josette was telling me about the medicines she had to pick up that day and how expensive they cost. She found a cheaper source and planned to go pick them up after the decorating event at the ward.

While she was telling me all this, in my head I kept wondering where Josette found the strength to volunteer when she was fighting such a strong enemy. We share the same amazing GOD, the source of all our strength but I still kept wondering…

You see, Josette has been battling breast cancer for the past few years. They thought they had it licked, but a year and a half ago, it returned and somehow spread to her bones. After a series of chemo and radiation treatments doctors say the cancer is still there but has somehow stopped from progressing.

Josette Torno and daughter Rizza

Josette Torno and daughter Rizza

Each day is precious to this woman and her family – her daughter Rizza and her two sons Kiko and Marty, her husband Fransico; they all struggle with the day to day realities of taking care of a loved one with cancer. Through the pain and the cost, Josette and Rizza make time to share with others.

I hope that encourages you, like it does me. Josette and Rizza are God’s reminder to us that we can all rise above the worst situation in life.

Thanks so much Josette… and Rizza…  you both rock our world. We’ve got you in our prayers and we are claiming perfect healing!!!

This year, one of the places The Edge Radio team plans to decorate with your donated Christmas decor is a cancer sanctuary  for children. Please stay tuned for the details; we will update you in the coming days.

If you want to donate your old (or new) Christmas Decor, please text 0918.959.EDGE or call 3390140 during office hours, M-F, to get more information!

We have drop off points for your decor donations in Alabang, Makati, Pasig, Quezon City and Marikina.