So are you done with your Christmas
shopping? It seems that our Christmas list gets longer with each passing year, what
with new godchildren added to it. Are you suddenly leaving town or planning to get
sick on Christmas to avoid your inaanaks (godchildren)? Well, you can
always send them a card with this note: "In lieu of a gift, I'm making a donation to
(name the cause or charitable organization you're allegedly supporting) on your
behalf." We know of some PR people who do this. But we don't know for
certain if they really make the donation on our behalf because they never furnish us with
a copy of the receipt.
Frankly, you can make a difference
this Christmas. Here's one suggestion from Papemelroti: Fill a shoebox with
your gift, wrap and label (if it's for a family or a child). Bring it to any of the
Papemelroti branches (91 Roces Ave., Ali Mall, Ayala Center, SM Megamall, SM
Southmall, SM Centerpoint, SM City, SM Fairview, Robinsons Place Manila, Sta. Lucia East
Grand Mall) before Christmas. Papemelroti will make sure it gets to an appropriate
member of Tahanan ng Panginoon, a non-profit Christian ministry for the urban poor (http://welcome.to/tahanan)
You can help support the
environment by buying recycled, environment-friendly Christmas greeting cards and paper
products like wall decor, planners, bookmarkers, sweets containers, memo holders, picture
frames and, yes, even cellphone holders.
Our you can buy UNICEF cards as proceeds
from their sale go a long way towards helping underprivileged children
around the world. Of course, there are other cards-for-a-cause you can
support; your parish may be selling some.
On the other hand, what do you do
with all the cards you received this Christmas? (Of course, greeting cards are fast
being replaced by e-cards though there's nothing like receiving a good old-fashioned
Well, you can make Christmas tree
ornaments out of your old Christmas cards for next Christmas, or make a Christmas collage
There are a thousand and one ways
you can make a difference not just this Christmas but the whole year through. Here
are a few suggestions from Papemelroti:
Report smoke belchers to Bantay Usok by texting USOK
(space) plate # (space) location (space) vehicle ID and sending to 2366.
Help preserve our wildlife by reporting pet sellers of
endangered animals to Haribon Foundation, tel. no. 920-7430.
Stand up and be heard. Write to senators,
congressmen and the newspapers about issues you feel strongly about (please remember to
Save on gas consumption by carpooling, using public
transport, biking and walking.
Donate money for sick children at Philippine General
Hospital (PGH). Call 899-1000 for more info.
Buy Filipino. Act locally but think globally.
Segregate garbage. Know your three R's: Reduce,
Save a life by donating blood to the Philippine
National Red Cross (tel. 527-8384 local 106) or National Kidney Institute (tel. 924-3601
to 19). Or go the extra mile by being a bone marrow donor (call the Hope office at
924-0680 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for
Use less energy by using energy-efficient appliances.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Buy organic foods not only because they're
chemical-free but also because they're produced locally and they cut down on packaging
costs and pollution coming from transporting goods from afar.
Volunteer for an organization that makes a difference
in a big way like Hands on Manila (tel. 843-7044 or 843-5231; email email@example.com or pick a cause
you like from www.ivolunteer.ph
There's somebody out there reaching out
and waiting to be touched.
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