This is a long overdue post. In celebration of the World Service Week last May, we at the True Health Foundation did a weeklong charity and outreach programs locally and abroad. We from the Usana OneX8 Iligan decided to conduct a feeding program for the less fortunate children of Bgry. Santiago Iligan City.
I’m very proud to be part of a company who gives and promotes acts of kindness. Such a good feeling to be able to share our blessings and see kids smile and have fun.
Located in Barangay Santiago is the old dump site, hence the mountain of trash and garbage. It is not a healthy place to live in but sad to say, there a number of families who live and breathe in rotten smell brought by the garbage. Some of them make money out of the mountains of trash. It was heartbreaking to see.
We got the chance to talk some of the local residents when we walked around the area. The trash is both a blessing and a dilemma for them. Dilemma because it causes them health risk and problems, and blessing because they earn from it. What’s even more interesting was… since the mountains of garbage have elevated their area, it helped them survive the deadly flood when Typhoon Sendong struck Iligan in 2011.
We went early in the morning and hosted a fun program for the kids. We prepared some games, songs and dance activities for the kids to enjoy. It was a very sunny day and the place was very hot and humid. But we never really bothered about it since we were all having fun playing and interacting with the kids. It was a very heartwarming experience that we all could never forget.
The kids were pretty behaved, organized, and cooperative. Our leader, Coach Yen have been volunteering in this charity since her college days. When we walked around the area, she was very glad to see how the kids she used to volunteer for have grown up. I was really touched.
I was very glad to be a part of the Usana Gives campaign as part of the World Service Week. Other Usana teams from all over the world have conducted their own outreach programs throughout the whole 4th week of May. Imagine how many people we were able to help. We might not have been able to help a dent of the world’s population, but at least we took a step to a few. Remember…
“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”
I hope this post has inspired you somehow to give others a helping hand. If you know a friend or someone who needs help, if you can help by any means, then do not hesitate. A smile or a pat on the back can help a confused mind, a kind word can help heal a broken heart, and a few bucks can help feed a hungry child. “No act of kindness is ever wasted.” So throw kindness around like confetti.
Hav a great day!