Adventist Medical Center – Valencia City, Inc. through the initiative of the Chaplaincy department organized a Gift Giving Program for the benefit of the children of Brgy. Sinabuagan, Valencia City on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Sinabuagan Elementary School compound.
Beaming smiles, laughter, and the eager faces of more than a hundred children met the AMCV workers upon their arrival at the venue.
At 2:00 PM the program commenced with a singspiration which was led by Czisny Panes. The opening song was rendered by Yana and Roxan Somoso and after which, Jemar Cabasag offered the opening prayer. Ruth Launio, one of the teachers at the Sinabuagan Elementary School, gave the opening remarks after which the AMCV children rendered a special song and Pastor Jovyn Jimenez delivered the inspirational message.
Two intermission songs were then sung by a select group of children from Barangay Sinabuagan and Barangay Salolong before Pastor Dodskie Odtojan gave the orientation of the Program.
As the gift-giving finally started, the children flocked to the stage, filled with excitement for what they were to receive.
In order to make the gesture more meaningful to the children of the community, the workers and their kids handed out their gifts personally to each of the children.
After the unwrapping of the presents, Jimmy Cadungon, the Barangay Captain, gave his response, thanking AMCV for their acts of generosity. Janellie Sumatra, the AMCV President, gave the closing remarks which were followed by the closing prayer by Dodskie Odtojan.
A total of one hundred twenty gifts were handed out to boys and girls between grades one through five. The gifts or “Samaritan Boxes” as they are called were filled with notebooks, ball pens, watches, hankies, socks, toys, water bottles, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
The Gift-Giving program was held by AMCV to bless children in areas where help is needed the most. With Sinabuagan being the mission field for the hospital for the past year, it was selected to be the venue for the program as well. The planning for the program started mid-April with the solicitation period lasting the whole month of May. The organizers were met with overwhelming support from the workers of the hospital who were more than willing to share their blessings.