“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.”
– Kathy Calvin
The holiday season is not just a break from school or work; it is about gift-giving, appreciation, and igniting hope among people around us. HAPI embodies these qualities all year round but a recent project wherein HAPI members throughout the country received a combination of new and pre-loved clothes, brought extra delight and inspiration to everyone.
Months ago, an anonymous donor wanted to give clothes to people in need together with Humanist Global Charity (HGC). They contacted HAPI through their officers to properly coordinate the shipments.
Angie Driskell, HAPI Junior Ambassador and HAPI Auditor, said that HGC has always been timely and organized when giving clothes to the HAPI headquarters.
“The obstacles were on our end because there were questions regarding the purpose of so many clothes and shoes. It was quickly sorted and we always had the support of HGC to get us through it,” she added, highlighting the strong commitment and relationship between HGC and HAPI.
Waiting for the package added to the excitement and giddiness of the recipients. Unbeknownst to all, the clothes would arrive just in time for the holidays and while the cooler weather was settling in the country.
The donation consisted of hooded sweatshirts, shoes, jeans, and sweatpants. The HAPI officers sorted these boxes of clothing and came up with a plan to distribute these articles of clothing to every chapter of HAPI across the country.
Driskell further explained the process of evenly distributing the clothing to every chapter. It involves Mutya Valenzuela, HAPI CFO, coordinating with the chapters and requiring them a list of people who are in dire need of clothes before approving the distribution. This is to ensure fair chances for everyone.
HAPI chapters in Alabang, Delarma, Cagayan De Oro, Sorsogon, Bulacan, and Zambales, were able to receive their gifts from HGC and the donor. HAPI also did not forget the hardworking rangers of the PawiCare Center in Zambales. All recipients are grateful and thrilled with what they received, showcasing smiles and words of thanks to HAPI.
“Thank you to HAPI and HGC for the shoes, sweatshirt, and jogging pants that they gave to us,” exclaimed Chloe Panaligan, one of the recipients. She also wishes that HAPI and HGC would continue their advocacy and this project for those people who cannot financially afford clothes.
HAPI, once again, extends their great appreciation and gratitude to HGC and the anonymous donor for their dedication to helping people by bringing warmth and comfort this holiday season.