We received a request from Ms. Karen and Ms. Michelle to accompany them to Virlanie Foundation Toddlers Home in La Paz, Makati City to celebrate their birthdays with toddlers from 0-5 years old. They brought along cake, homemade spaghetti, chicken fillet and juice. There were games and prizes for the children. When Chummy Chum came out to entertain them some of the kids were brave enough to come near the mascot while others cried. Orphanages such as this used to be second in our priority list of beneficiaries but it is delightful to know that many sponsors and other charity foundations are coming to them to share their blessings and because of that, we now move up SPED as our 2nd priority because they seldom experience such parties. Anyway, the children at Virlanie’s Foundation had a great time with the celebrants today. Thank you very much Ms.Karen and Ms. Michelle for the donation to Chummy Chum Foundation;)
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
For the first time we get to visit the SPED students of Alfonso Elementary School located at Alfonso, Cavite. The school was built just this year and we were invited to go there but it did not push through because of conflict in schedule. We did promise them that we will set a date for them and it happened today. When we arrived at the school, the SPED students are having their PE class. The school is spacious and beautiful as well as their activity room. The teachers and school staff were also very gracious to us when we arrived as they offered us coffee. The program started and the SPED students actively participated in the games. When Chummy Chum came out to entertain the children they were very excited and hugged Chummy Chum. We gave the kids Chummy Chum freebies which they gladly accepted. When the program ended the staff served us lunch and they even gave us fruits when we were about to go home. Thank you very much to Ms. Karen for the lootbags.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
CCF went to SM Bicutan for another medical mission with SM Foundation. They conduct medical missions almost every day in every part of the Philippines from Aparri to Jolo because they support numerous poor communities aside from conducting missions in SM Malls. CCF can only go with them to medical missions in nearby provinces, though. This is why we admire SMF, they try to reach out every poor people, every poor community with their almost “no day off” policy just to bring free medical service.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
We received a call from Ms. Carmela requesting us to help them find a worthy beneficiary within the Paco Area so we recommended Kanlungan sa Erma Ministry located at Benitez St., Malate, Manila. There are a lot of good-hearted people like them who are willing to share their blessings but don’t know how to. This is where Chummy Chum comes in; we look for a beneficiary for them, such as cancer patients, abandoned children, SPED public schools, government hospitals or kids from the poorest communities. CCF is a free charity party organizer and we also give CCF freebies to kids as a bonus.
For this day we accompanied Ms. Carmela with her family and friends to the kids who lives under the bridge and along the train tracks. They brought along with them lootbags, prizes, toys and branded food. We also brought 1 dozen balloons, mascot appearance, popcorn and cotton candy booth, laser lighting, bubble machine, and coloring set as freebies. It’s up to the donors if they wanted to donate refreshments, cupcakes or toys for the children just like what Ms. Carmela did wherein she donated toys and loombands courtesy of her friend, Ms. June to be distributed to other children. Big thanks to you.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
CCF went to Alfonso, Cavite for the Nutrition Month celebration of Blessedville. This is the 4th year that CCF is supporting Blessedville in their various SPED events. We even bring in donors/sponsors that are willing to share their blessing either in kind or in cash. The said center is being blessed by helping poor children with special needs. Some parents pay them fruits since they don’t have money and Blessedville is ok with that. This July they are celebrating Nutrition Month. The program pushed through despite the rain. They just set up a tent for their visitors. Big thanks to Ms. Kathrina Victoria for the lootbags.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
We left the office really early to go to SM Marilao for another tie-up with SM Foundation Medical Mission. Even if we do this for free, we try our best to be professional by arriving early at the venue. We prefer to be ahead of everyone so we could prepare our booth so that when the kids arrive, the first thing that they will see is the colorful Chummy Chum booth and their eyes will light up in excitement. With the numerous medical missions that we have been to, we notice that the children are not excited with the free medicines, only their parents are. It is quite understandable that they don’t appreciate the medicines much since they are just kids and they are not aware how important these medicines are to them. They are most excited to see Chummy Chum and receive CCF freebies.
Monday, July 28, 2014
CCF headed to Bay Central Elementary School located near the Calamba Exit of SLEX. When we got there, the school principal offered us breakfast as they recognize CCF’s effort to go their despite the distance and make their SPED students happy. Due to typhoon Glenda which hit the province, they just got back their electricity that day and because of that, only half of the SPED students came to school. We suggested to also include poorest students from Grade 1 and include them in our event. The children were all delighted to see Chummy Chum. The school principal also offered us lunch which made us grateful because not all SPED schools that we’ve been to have offered such. Of course we don’t expect anything in return because what we do is from the heart, but these simple gestures makes us also feel special and also help build a good partnership between us. Big t hanks to Ms. Kathrina Victoria for the lootbags.
Friday, July 25, 2014
CCF headed to Agham Road in Quezon City for another public hospital visitation this time at Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC) Out-Patient Department to bring joy to children who are having their checkup. We provided refreshments to the kids who are waiting in line for their checkup, courtesy of Ms. Ruth Salasiban. Some of the children don’t have “baon” so they were very delighted when they were given free snacks by Chummy Chum. PCMC is a government hospital that caters to poor children with more serious condition. This is the reason why we keep on supporting the poor kids that are coming to PCMC.
Monday, July 21, 2014
After two (2) re-scheduling of the event because of the recent typhoon Glenda, that toppled electrical posts and resulted to a week-long brownout to the area, the event finally pushed through and we went to Biñan Elementary School to visit 200 SPED students. Only half of the SPED students came to school that day probably because they are still recovering from the typhoon. The new SPED building is beautiful and big. The school management purposely built a separate building for said children to prevent regular students from bullying them. We also salute the parents of these special children because of their love and dedication and in providing a normal life for them. It is delightful to see each of these children excitedly hugging Chummy Chum and taking a picture with him. Big thanks to Mam Esther Maleo and Ms. Ruth Salasiban for the lootbags.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
This is the 4th year that CCF has sponsored DSWD-Makati’s PWD celebration and we can say that we are always successful in giving joy to special children. We may have encountered several setbacks with them in the past 2 years such as miscommunication as to the context of our sponsorship (some thought we would provide lunch for 500 kids and a mother of a special kid even got angry at us because her kid was already hungry), and may have rethink if we will still grant the organizer’s request, we just think about the big smiles of these special children and how much happiness they feel when they see us. For this year, the event was still not organized but nevertheless, what’s important is that the kids had a great time.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
CCF joined SM Foundation for another Medical Mission, this time at Savemore-Malabon, to cater to the poorest of the poor of the said city. We have been to different SMF missions and have made numerous children happy so we knew that when they told us that the venue will be Savemore, the place will be small and compact. Nevertheless we went on with it because of our big desire to help. And of all the booths set up on the venue, most people especially children came flocking to ours. They were intrigued why we do this for free. Savemore-Malabon’s Operation’s Manager, Dra. Rorie, was the one who explained to them about it.
Friday, July 11, 2014
CCF went to Kinder Philippines School for the Deaf located at Pasay City. Way back during college, we always pass by the said school and along, we thought it was a private school. But then we saw that majority of the children studying here belong to the poor community. This include those children who are not only deaf, but also considered “special children”.
It was delightful to see that even as we were just setting up the booth, the kids were already very excited. The teachers conducted parlor games for the children. Despite their condition, they were all just enjoying the party like normal children. When Chummy Chum came out and danced with the kids, they all went to hug the adorable mascot to the point that he can’t dance anymore.
They are very grateful to Ms. Ruth for sharing her blessings to them, even though she is not physically present because she lives abroad. They are also thankful to CCF for exerting effort to reach out to SPED centers in and around Metro Manila just to spread happiness.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
CCF’s next stop is at the feeding program held at Taguig City, courtesy of Msrenu. The place is packed with people, with small houses much similar to those in shacks. But these people live there not because they have no place to live, but because they chose to do so. We can’t say that they are dirt poor because each of those small houses have air-conditioning.
But then some of those who are living there are really poor that’s why they are the chosen beneficiaries of Msrenu. It was raining when we arrived at the place and there were no preparations by the organizers. But we managed to make something out of it by using our own Chummy Chum Van to set up the booth. When Ms. Renu and friends arrived the party commenced. There was only a little dancing with Chummy Chum and food distribution but the toys and freebies were not given out as the children became rowdy and disorganized.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
CCF and SM Foundation conducted yet another medical mission, this time for the poor community surrounding Barangay BF and Barangay Seacom, Sampaloc, etc. Every SM Supermall branches has a mission to share their blessings to the less fortunate by way of medical mission and CCF is their partner in spreading joy and cheer to children who will also be participating on the said medical mission. We observed that the kids, being kids, are not that happy / excited to receive free medicine. They were more excited to receive freebies from CCF. But the parents are very grateful for the free medicines that SMF is giving them. Big thanks to Ms. Ruth for the additional lootbags.