Let's all be a glimmer of hope for those who need us most.

22 December 2011


I am inviting everyone to please visit Moonleaf Tea Branch in Maginhawa St., UP Village tomorrow to visit the pop-up bazaar organized in partnership with Bloggers United for the benefit of Sendong Relief Drive.

I know what it's like to lose all your possessions. It happened to my family when we lost our house and all our belongings to a big fire that razed through our neighborhood ten years ago. The only consolation I had is that all my family members were safe and no one got hurt. I still consider myself lucky and blessed, especially after receiving help and support from my friends and other members of our community. That is the toughest period in my life and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for everyone who helped me get through it. Until now I can still remember that hollow feeling I felt when I learned what happened, and I still get cold and clammy when I hear sirens of firetrucks and ambulances.

That hollow feeling I felt can never be compared to what the people in CDO must be going through right now. Words are not enough to express how shocked and sad I felt after watching news reports and reading the casualties. All those lives lost... All those families affected... It is considerably easy to rebuild a house, but to rebuild it without your family members? I can only imagine how painful it would be. The fact that it happened a few days before Christmas makes that feeling of despair and hopelessness reverberate even more.

I salute the people behind this project for coming up with this. I hope we can all get together and help, even in our own little way. Shop from your favorite bloggers' closets and contribute to the cause. Bringing donations are also greatly encouraged. Every little helps, and will definitely go a long way. I'll go there with my officemates once I get off work at 3PM, and I really hope to see you there. Let's all be a glimmer of hope for our countrymen who need us most. Merry Christmas and God bless you ♥

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