CHARIS Foundation successfully held the first ever Make A Child Smile project gift-giving activity in Tolosa (a 5th-class town 25 kms south of Tacloban City, Leyte).

Map of Tolosa, Leyte (circled).

Map of Tolosa, Leyte (circled).

The event was participated by some 200 Tolosa children whose ages range from 1 year old to 14 years old.

Previously, the children took part in a letter-writing session on December 13, 2013 (see related post here: http://charis1.infoasiaconsulting.com/2013/12/15/macs-conducts-letter-writing-session-in-tolosa/)

On their letters, the children wrote their experiences during Typhoon Yolanda. And they also wrote some of their practical wish list.

The MACS project team then looked for MACS Ninongs/Ninangs who could sponsor at least one Christmas wish of a child.

Volunteers from UA&P Business Economics Association helped in preparing and tagging the gifts to match the MACS Ninong/Ninangs with their MACS Inaanaks.

Some of the gifts being prepared for sending to Tolosa, Leyte for the MACS project.

Some of the gifts being prepared for sending to Tolosa, Leyte for the MACS project with the help of UA&P Business Economics Association members.

 

MACS Christmas Party

MACS Christmas Party

 

 

Children at MACS Christmas Party

Children at MACS Christmas Party

 

Charis

Charis representatives Martin Verdejo and Albert Ong were the hosts of the program. They taught kids a cheer for Tindog Tolosa and facilitated games which the kids enjoyed.

 

CHARIS volunteer Kritzia Santos, a Filipino student in Australia who helped collect donations in Melbourne, talks to some of the Tolosa, Leyte children who are MACS beneficiaries.

CHARIS volunteer Kritzia Santos (foreground with black shirt), a Filipino student in Australia who helped collect donations in Melbourne, talks to some of the Tolosa, Leyte children who are MACS beneficiaries.

MACS children with their gifts and holding up papers addressed to their MACS Ninong/Ninang. Angelo Gavin and Danna Louisse thanking their MACS Ninong Eugene Hernandez and Ninang Candy Bernardo, respectively. With the children are MACS volunteers Hannah Alcantara and Leo Gimena (2nd and 4th from left)

Matt Raven asked for a noche buena. And MACS Ninang Abby Yap and Family granted his wish — plus a toy to go with the noche buena.

Matt Raven asked for a noche buena. And MACS Ninang Abby Yap and Family granted his wish — plus a toy to go with the noche buena.

Tindog Tolosa’s Noe Palana (1st from left) together with one MACS inaanak and CHARIS volunteer Kritzia Santos.

Tindog Tolosa’s Noe Palana (1st from left) together with one MACS inaanak and CHARIS volunteer Kritzia Santos.

 

A mother holding her little girl Danica’s MACS presents from Ninong Enzo, Ninong Mark and Ninang Gay Manalang.

A mother holding her little girl Danica’s MACS presents from Ninong Enzo, Ninong Mark and Ninang Gay Manalang.

Another mother holding gifts from MACS Ninang Aileen Samson for her child

Another mother holding gifts from MACS Ninang Aileen Samson for her child

Hesein Marie surely is excited to go back to school in Tolosa, Leyte. She received a bag from her MACS Ninang Ana Sevilla.

Hesein Marie surely is excited to go back to school in Tolosa, Leyte. She received a bag from her MACS Ninang Ana Sevilla.

 

A mother writing a letter to her children's MACS Ninang Aileen Samson.

A mother had written a message to her children’s MACS Ninang Aileen Samson.

Bless Carmela writes a message to her MACS Ninong Chris Tiu. She is seen writing on another gift from MACS Ninang Suzaine Faller.

Bless Carmela writes a message to her MACS Ninong Chris Tiu. She is seen writing on another gift from MACS Ninang Suzaine Faller.

Where the gifts came from?

MACS Ninong Chris Tiu is seen here in December 23, 2013 photo preparing his gift for Bless Carmela.

MACS Ninong Chris Tiu is seen here in a December 23, 2013 photo preparing his gift for Bless Carmela, assisted by UA&P Business Economics Association member Aimee Francisco

 

Where the smiles came from. Photos of MACS Ninongs/Ninangs with their gifts for Tolosa, Leyte children.

Where the smiles came from. Photos of MACS Ninongs/Ninangs with their gifts for Tolosa, Leyte children.

 

More MACS Ninongs and Ninangs beat the deadline day to give gifts.

More MACS Ninongs and Ninangs beat the deadline day to give gifts.