We put a little aside every year for our children’s birthday celebrations, whether we’re planning something simple at home or big and grand somewhere else. Why? Because these are the days we want our children to look back on as some of the happiest.
Memorable birthday celebrations aren’t only spent in hotel ballrooms and event spaces. Yohan Agoncillo, the eldest daughter of Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, had her 12th birthday at Elsie Gaches Village, a home for special needs kids and kids with developmental disorders. Celebrating with her were all the kids at the home, her mom and dad, her little brother Lucho and baby sister Luna along with a spectacular unicorn cake and boxes upon boxes of donations.
She’s not the only celebrity youngster who gave back on her special day. The 18th birthday is a special one for Filipina young women and to make the most out of it, Dolce Amore actress Liza Soberano had several parties to mark occasion. This included a party at the Chosen Children Foundation, a home for mentally or physically challenged children, and Anawim Lay Missions Foundation, a home for abandoned elderly.
Further back, Camp Sawi actress and owner of multiple cats Bela Padilla chose to spend her 24th with animals! With bags of pet food and animal hygiene necessities, Bela visited Philippine Animal Welfare and Society (PAWS) headquarters for a day of furry fun.
Raise an empathetic, kind and caring child by providing her with opportunities to reach out and help others. Dr. Padilla Walker, associate director of Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life, explained in a research brief that volunteering for a meaningful cause is key to developing a child's ability to act on empathetic feelings.
“Empathy is a skill that experts from many disciplines have deemed important for personal, relationship and career success,” psychiatrist Dr. David Sack writes in Huffington Post. “People who are empathic tend to have better social interactions, academic performance and accomplishments at work than others.”
Plus, volunteering also creates a good opportunity to learn about gratitude which can help you raise an unmaterialistic child.
Give your child the opportunity to experience the deeper sense of happiness and fulfilment that comes with sharing and reaching out. Throw her a party she’ll treasure forever and watch as the joy spreads around! Consider celebrating at or donating to these charitable organizations: It's children's party! Bahay Maria 95 Amapola Street, Bel-Air 2 Village, Makati City 890-4539 A residential facility for street children
Concordia Children’s Services 4443 Old Sta. Mesa Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila 713-3462 A center that provides care for abandoned or neglected children
CRIBS Foundation 681-5291 An alternative home environment for abandoned, surrendered and neglected children from infants to preschoolers
Missionaries of Charity: Home of Joy 255 - 0832 A home for sick children and the elderly managed by religious sisters from Missionaries of Charity, a congregation established by Mother Teresa
Call on the Flash, Batman and Hercules for a super party at the hospital! Jolly Roger Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org A group of character- and superhero-costumed volunteers whose aim is to bring magic and laughter to children’s cancer wards through visits and events
Got a mini-Messi? Let him play a game of football with new friends! Dream Big Philippines 0917-853-7572 An organization offering football, academic and scholarship programs for underprivileged kids
Have your child’s birthday in a different classroom for a change Mano Amiga manoamigaph.org A school, founded in 2008, which provides quality education for children who can’t afford it A day of play on your child's special day The Philippine Toy Library 0917-318-2795; email@example.com facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary An organization that builds safe, clean and stocked toy libraries for underprivileged children
Don't keep Lolos and Lolas from the fun! San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly 50-B Lancaster Street, Pasay City 832-9689, 832-2975, 0939-375-1362 A home for the aged run by the congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor Here's just the place for your little animal-lover Adoptable Me 0917-866-2496 Animal shelter for abandoned cats and dogs Donate away! The Kris Library 9 Doña Isidora Street, Don Antonio Heights, Diliman, Quezon City 0917-329-4503 An NGO devoted to making education more accessible to underprivileged youth
Gentle Hands, Inc. 27 F. Castillo Street, Project 4, Cubao, Quezon City firstname.lastname@example.org A child and youth welfare agency that provides medical, social, and educational rehabilitation for at-risk children