It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no one knows that better than the 25,000 families who were blessed with Christmas gifts thanks to BDO Foundation’s Gift-Giving Program.
For these households, this season was a time for joy and celebration made possible by the foundation’s generosity. It is truly heartwarming to see how giving back can bring so much happiness!
For the third consecutive year, BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, celebrated Christmas with thousands of underserved Filipinos as it provided food assistance through its gift-giving program dubbed Handog sa ‘Yo ng BDO Foundation.
This year, 25,000 families all over the country received bags containing food items that beneficiaries could use for noche buena.
The foundation has been implementing this annual initiative since 2020 as part of efforts to aid economically disadvantaged communities during the Christmas season.
The distribution of noche buena food packs was done in partnership with Caritas Philippines, the social arm of the Catholic Church in the country, and Tanging Yaman Foundation, a non-profit organization that links donors with beneficiaries.
The program was initiated and completed over two consecutive days at different locations, with the generous help of BDO and BDO Network Bank volunteers from head offices and branches.
The volunteers distributed food packs in Caloocan City, Quezon City, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Novaliches, Pasay City, Pasig City and Taguig City.
Handog sa ‘Yo ng BDO Foundation also reached communities in Aurora, Biliran, Cagayan, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Catanduanes, Cavite, Cotabato, Davao, Eastern Samar, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Laguna, Lanao del Norte, Leyte, Maguindanao, Marinduque, Mindoro Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Mountain Province, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Romblon, Sorsogon, Sulu, Surigao del Sur, Tarlac and Tawi-Tawi.
This collaboration enabled the wider reach and impact of the project and allowed more families to benefit from it. The beneficiaries are thankful for being able to have something special to enjoy on Christmas day despite their difficult financial circumstances.
“Christmas is truly a season of joy, happiness and charity. It was a fulfilling and meaningful experience to see the smiles of our parish volunteers and neighbors after receiving these gifts. We thank our sponsors, who served as instruments of God this Christmas season,” said Parish Pastoral Council secretary Charles Mercado on behalf of the San Antonio de Padua Parish in Quezon City.
This Christmas season is indeed a great reminder that even in uncertain times we can still help each other out through simple acts of kindness and generosity. With projects like Handog sa ‘Yo ng BDO Foundation, we are able to make meaningful differences in people’s lives while spreading goodwill during this time of celebration.