Time flies so fast that it has already been a year since we first visited the Calubian, Leyte for the gift giving and feeding activity. I still remember the feeling when I first joined JO3 Rey C Cabalhin last July 25, 2018, in his annual sharing of joy to indigent pupils in his beloved hometown. It was euphoric and heartwarming seeing smiles on their faces.
I felt excited during the sunny weather of Monday last September 30, 2019. We traversed for more than 2-hour ride just to visit sir Reys’ hometown. All were set for a day of sharing and I could see the excitement for the 5 of us. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the Brgy. Espinosa Daycare Center pupils eagerly waiting for their new stuffs to receive. “REY of Hope” a JNORs Care Program was our official name of the activity. It is sir Rey who gives hope to the young hopefuls in reaching their dreams as he was before like them, without bags and meagerly eats just to go to school. Mrs. Clotilde C Arpon, Teacher welcomed us in their classrooms and we introduced ourselves to these cuddly pupils and I can see their anticipations. JO1 Marabe, JO1 Pascasio, JO1 Nedic, me and JO3 Cabalhin distributed bags, school supplies and served them with hot soup. We felt like Mr. Santa seeing them with joy, it was priceless.
Next targets are selected pupils of Calubian South Central School (CSCS), luckily we had the support of the School Principal, Ms. Artela Fajardo Alexander. We visited 3 more classrooms, 2 from Grade 2 and 1 from Grade 3. Mrs. Presentacion Etol and Mrs. Teresa Damayo both Grade 2 advisers received us heartily and we were able to distribute hot soup for the 51 students and distributed 13 bags to selected pupils. All 20 grade 3 pupils of Mrs. Regelia Napoles received sturdy bags as sir Rey’s main beneficiary of his gift giving for this year.
An annual activity of Sir Cabalhin, and even before we joined him he had been doing this for several times already. I don’t even have to ask him why he does this activity for I know his intentions to help his hometown, especially the young ones. He gives hope to those who have less and be an inspiration to achieve more in the future. I ask one of the pupils, he was one of the last years and this year bag recipient from sir Rey. “I want to reach my dreams in life and someday does what Sir Rey does, he’s one of my inspirations”, said the kid. He had the passion and spirit, and I know he can someday. Act of kindness has a ripple effect and must not be underestimated, for charity is a blessing to others and to self.
I was so touched by his will, and much more sir Rey who continues to be the beacon of hope in his own ways, touching the lives of those hopefuls to become a better version of themselves.