PJ Lhuillier Foundation together with Philippine Star Operation Damayan delivered gifts to kababayan in Compostela Valley on December 20, 2012.
Few days before Christmas day, PJ Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. and Philippine Star Operation Damayan acted as Santa Clauses bringing gifts to Pablo-affected communities in Compostela Valley. In fellowship with Cebuana Lhuillier Region 5, Metrobank Foundation, Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command, Philippine National Police Southern Mindanao and the local government of Comval, volunteers proceeded last December 20, 2012 to Barangay Poblacion in Monkayo, Barangays Bangkerohan Norte and Sur in Montevista and Barangay Gabi in Compostela town, reported areas that had not yet been adequately given assistance by donor groups and private institutions.
Notwithstanding heavy rain and muddy grounds, the groups took the risk and travelled to be able to distribute the 3,000 Christmas packages consisting of rice, sugar, coffee, milk, sardines, corned beef, noodles, towel, blankets and slippers to families of mentioned Barangays. Repacking of the goods was made possible through the assistance of SM City Lanang in Davao on December 19.
Recipients were very thankful of the donations which will help them cope and celebrate Christmas for they have something to prepare for Noche Buena. The thank you’s from the residents were endless and the smiles on their faces were countless. They have not lost their Christmas spirit despite the loss and devastation brought by the calamity. These made the team realized that their efforts and hard works were very worthwhile.