It could be because of how so many Christmas songs are reminding us to be loving to and share with other people this holiday season by subtly implying that we are not as altruistic for the rest of the year.
If you want to share some blessings to other people but don’t know how to go about it, here are three suggestions:
1. Donate some used books to the LitBoat Project.
LitBoat is a book campaign to set up common libraries in several communities in coastal areas. LitBoat sets sail twice a year by providing programs that uplift the literary sensibilities of underserved sectors using creative approaches. When the LitBoat goes to a community, it leaves behind not only books and materials that the community can use for free, but also seeds of dreams that will grow and last for several generations to come.
Probably one of the best gifts one could give to others is literacy. It does not cost much, it could be passed on to other people, and it allows the recipients to acquire and build upon existing knowledge.
The First LitBoat Solidarity Night will be held this Saturday, 17 December 2011, 7pm at Chef’s Bistro in Morato. If you bring three storybooks for children and young adults, you could enter Chef’s Bistro for free and enjoy a music and poetry from several performers.
2. Give some gifts for the elderly at Golden Acres.
A friend of mine is organizing an outreach program at Golden Acres on Sunday, 18 December. They will be holding a mass followed by brunch with the residents.
The elderly in Golden Acres will appreciate donation pledges for these items:
Soap and shampoo
The Golden Acres Home for the Aged is in Misamis St., Bago Bantay, Quezon City. If you are interested to pledge items, you could contact me at +63 915 303 6322 and I will relay your message to my friend, Alison Co, to arrange the logistics.
Alternately, you could also:
3. Give gifts for the Home of the Golden Gays.
Similar to Golden Acres, the Home of the Golden Gays is a residence for elderly gays and lesbians located in Pasay City. The residents of the Golden Gays welcome visitors to their home.
Should you wish to help the Home, you could reach them through:
Landline: +63 2 826 3859
Mobile: +63 919 859 8086
They also have a website you could visit.
Holiday guilt-trips aside, there isn’t enough love going around the world so a little more couldn’t be bad.