I have many things I am passionate about. There was more than one time that I feel so passionate and alive in doing. But for this post, I’d talk about something that I really like doing. It makes me feel light and blessed whenever I do this.
I like participating to outreach programs. I love to volunteer for worthy causes. For me, some have the opportunity to share their money, but everyone has the chance to share their talents, skills, time, and blessings. I believe in the saying that we must pay it forward. Whatever we receive, we must try to give it back to others, especially to the society where they needed it the most.
I was very glad to join and be an active member of my university’s UNICEF chapter. Later on, I became an official of this organization and it made me feel more responsible in attending to the needs of our fellowmen, especially the children.
In the programs and activities of my club, we focused on the needs of the Filipino children and youth, as based in the UNICEF charter. We were, and still are, firm advocates of children’s literacy and rights. As much as possible, we wanted to mold them into the “future” and “hope” of our motherland, much as what our national hero said.
Whenever I volunteer for an activity, I feel lightness in my heart that makes me want to jump for joy. This is no exaggeration. Sometimes, I feel so overwhelmed with this feeling that I find myself misty-eyed in a corner. There is nothing that can be compared to the pleasure of helping others. I feel humbled whenever we visit different sites and see the situation of families living there. I feel humiliated of asking things from my parents that I just wanted, but not needed. Before, I felt sad when my mom didn’t allow me to have the newest phone in the market, but seeing kids filled with ecstasy after receiving a new pencil case made me realized things that were once only in the books. Happiness cannot be bought; one cannot find it in material things. It was such a refreshing perspective.
Later, we teamed-up with Gawad Kalinga, a community of volunteers which hopes to build a new nation filled with hope. I became a student leader, and together with the new team, my university organization tied up with other projects.
Here are some photos taken to some of our activities:
These giving and reaching out to others activities made me feel so alive. It made me realize not only in one occasion that I need to make a huge step forward in order to help the needy. I need to fulfill my dreams so I can help them more. I wish I can simply do that.
We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea. You have a part to play. Have faith.’ We can decide to risk that He is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance. – Joan Wester Anderson
Let’s all try to make a difference and be alive in helping others.