By Edan Sam G. Pancho | News Writer
Vol. XCI No. 13
Dec. 13, 2019
Street children, beggars, homeless people and patients in need of blood donors are the recipients of the Renaissance Youth Leader’s Forum’s (RYLF) 12 Days of Christmas event from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17.
According to RYLF, they celebrate Christmas as a way to give back to the community through consecutive feeding programs, outreaches, gift-giving to the university guards, culmination of bloodletting activity with a lecture on proper hygiene, and sharing the story of the birth of Christ in Siaton, Negros Oriental on Dec. 17.
Organized by Doxa Llamera and Seth Bariga the event aims to help the people in need especially the children on streets of Dumaguete and at the same time encourage the spirit of volunteerism of Sillimanians by donating clothes, soap, blankets and other essentials. According to the organizers, their goal is to teach and educate the children regarding the story of the birth of Christ, implant goodness, and expose volunteers to community service.
Activities include feeding programs and storytelling in different places in Dumaguete City. Street children from the Downtown of Dumaguete, Quezon Park, Rizal Boulevard and Escano were beneficiaries of the said activities from Dec. 2 to 6 and Dec. 9.
On Dec. 7, RYLF held an outreach in Mount Olives church in Banilad, Dumaguete City. Homeless families from Downtown, Quezon Park and the Market Area also received gifts from December 10 to 11. Silliman guards were also given as well as random parking boys on Dec. 12 and 13.
RYLF also organized a bloodletting activity on Dec. 14 for Red Cross beneficiaries. On Dec. 17, a Hygiene day with a storytelling activity and gift-giving was held in Siaton, Negros Oriental for children.
Llamera said she was satisfied, happy and overwhelmed as the event was decided spontaneously. “Starting from nothing, God showed His faithfulness and continued sustaining us every day. Seeing the smiles of the children and those whom we randomly give packed dinner is a reliever and an energizer to keep on going and do better everyday,” she said. “We hope that we become a blessing to others and inspire them to do the same when skies get better for them.”