Birthdays are always a cause for celebration, but why not take them one step further by making them a reason for other people to celebrate as well, i.e. by opting to share those special days with underprivileged children, or donating to a charitable cause?
Sharing your child’s (or maybe even your own) special day with those who have less will often lead you to reflect on the “more” you have, and make you a more grateful, productive, and giving member of society.
Your child will also learn, even at an early age, the importance of sharing one’s blessings, giving back to one’s community, and serving others. These are beautiful values to instil in young kids, and will be valuable attributes to have when they grow older.
Here are some ways you can celebrate birthdays for a cause, and spread joy to those in most need of it:
1. Throw a party at a site for the less fortunate. This is probably one of the most popular choices among people I know who have held birthday celebrations for a good cause.
In the case of Rommel Ancheta, who works for Flame Ministries Inc., and his wife Layle, who works at Unilab Foundation, making their children’s birthdays extra-special by celebrating at venues for the less fortunate have become a family tradition of sorts.
In fact, there is no end to the number of places where one can hold a birthday party with the underprivileged, especially here in the Philippines. Here are a few places to start with:
• CRIBS Foundation According to their website, from a simple foster-care program, CRIBS “has grown into a leading child-caring agency licensed by the DSWD.” The foundation provides an alternative home environment for abandoned, surrendered and neglected children aged days old to 2 ½ years old, along with other programs.
The Anchetas celebrated their son Adam’s 2nd birthday celebration here, and testify to the fact that it was a wonderful way to “thank God and share the blessing of having their son” (you can see photos of the party on Facebook here).
Contact details: Ms. Maritona Victa-Labajo Executive Director Address: #15 Major Dizon St., Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina City 1802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone#: (632)681-5921, (632)681-8078, (632) 576-7693 Telefax#: (632) 647-1329 Cellphone no. : 0917-5112742 Website: www.cribsfoundation.org / www.CRIBS.buyandshare.org Facebook Group: CRIBS Foundation Inc.
• ANCOP sites ANCOP stands for “Answering the Cry Of the Poor” and is a program for the poor founded by Couples for Christ. On its official website, it says that ANCOP “was made for the purpose of consolidating CFC efforts in BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR, and is a licensed Social Welfare Agency by the Department of Social Welfare & Development.”
Focusing on “community development that transforms Child, Family and whole Communities,” one of ANCOP’s main thrusts is providing education for underprivileged children through child sponsorships.
Aside from sponsoring a child, families can also help bring hope and cheer by choosing to celebrate their birthdays with the children living in ANCOP sites, such as at the CFC Canada Ancop Site in Cubicside, Merville, Paranaque. (The Ancheta family had a birthday party celebration here for their kids, photos can be viewed on Facebook here).
This would be an awesome way to really “answer the cry of the poor,” even for just a day! Remember, everyone, rich or poor, loves a good birthday party!