696 Ate Joyce’s Balloon Twisting with Gentle Hands
Written by Board Member, Ate Ren dela Cruz
One of the best things about celebrating Christmas is how the season brings friends and family together to celebrate. Loved ones take time off from their normal schedules and make time to be able to see each other, catch up, and give thanks for the gift of family. It is even more heartwarming when family’s come together to bring that joy they have in each other, to other people, especially to the underprivileged. Ate Joyce’s family is one such example, coming all the way from California and choosing to celebrate via a Christmas outreach with Gentle Hands.
The day started with ate Joyce’s family and three other young volunteers taking time to get acquainted with the children through our customary Getting-to-know. The volunteers were lined up in front by kuya Harvard, who asked all the ate’s and kuya’s to introduce themselves to the children. Evident from the start was the warm and energetic vibe from everyone in the room as they all gathered for the celebration. After introductions, each volunteer were sent to a designated group to get to know the children some more.
To get ate Joyce’s family reacquainted with Pinoy games, our first game was Bato Bato Pick! The room was filled with so much laughter as the volunteers and little ones tried their hand in beating each other via their hand gestures. Next up was Spell It Out, wherein kuya Harvard gives words for everyone to spell, using different objects. Even more exciting was that the game involved balloons which the participants were to use, and the words were related to Christmas. Everyone was so giddy trying their best to create the words and spell them right!
One other creative part of the program, not to mention fun and colorful, was the balloon twisting show and workshop by Ate Divine. It was such a joy as the children attempted various shapes ate Divine was teaching them, and they were so cute wearing the balloons on their bodies like blown-up accessories.
After a fun-filled program, it was time for lunch, which was Jollibee! Once full, ate Joyce and her family gave out the lootbags that they had prepared. Once all the children were distributed a bag, it was time for a photo opportunity to capture the precious day that transpired. When it was time to say goodbye, the children hugged their ates and kuyas, thanking them for celebrating Christmas and treating them just like family.