Archive for January 2nd, 2010

Famous cliche that you often hear during the Holidays are “Christmas is for kids!” and “Christmas is the time for giving”. But do we really mean it?

Children are often the center of attention during Christmas. But Deaf children? What about children with other disabilities or are abandoned and uncared for? Even children who are deaf understands and feels what its like to receive gifts. Although most of the time, their parents don’t explain to them the meaning of the season. Why? Because they don’t know how to sign. sigh :-(

Deaf students prepare toys on stage to be given to disabled kids.

Deaf students prepare toys on stage to be given to disabled kids in Tiaong, Quezon.

A Deaf child gives thank-you sign after receiving his toy.

A Deaf child gives thank-you sign after receiving his toy.

So the faculty and administrator of MCCID College of Technology decided to hold a Share-A-Toy Gift Giving Activity this December. Each student has a corresponding deaf/disabled/indigent partner of which he/she is assigned to give a gift. A total of 100 kids were the recipients of toys and other special fruits and candies. Two deaf teams were formed; one for Tiaong, Quezon area with 35 disabled kids, and the other one is in Silangan San Mateo Day Care Center with nearly 100 indigent kids as beneficiaries.

Tiaong, Quezon is 96 kilometers or three hours drive from Manila. It was the site where the first MCCID Community Based Rehabilitation Strategy Center was established. So on December 21, the first team visited the town donned with Santa Claus hats and distributed toys to the kids. The second one was in San Mateo, Rizal, a first class urban municipality 40 minutes away east of Manila. It is where the future MCCID College of Technology site will be erected.

MCCID Santa Clauses with Deaf Teachers' Mamerto and Psyde Cortez

From Left: MCCID Deaf Students' Kurt Patrick Galicha, Andrew Calaycay Jr., Sir Jerome Marzan, Sir Edmond Guzman Jr., Ptr. Mamerto Cortez and his wife Psyde (the proud parents of Sir Jeff Cortez), me, Sir Ervin and Lucky McGill Paltep. I'm the only hearing person here. :-)

MCCID Santa Claus Team pose on top of future school site (From Left) Joanna Teves, Mark Angelo Reyes, Ariel Quibol, Sir Ervin, Sir Jojo, Jepa Kerena Basilio and Moises Libot

MCCID Santa Claus Team pose on top of future school site (From Left) Joanna Teves, Mark Angelo Reyes, Ariel Quibol, Sir Ervin, Sir Jojo, Jepa Kerena Basilio and Moises Libot

I teach the sign for happy new year to indigent kids of San Mateo, Rizal

I teach the sign for happy new year to indigent kids of San Mateo, Rizal.

Imagine a deaf child thinking of ways to make another deaf child happy. Are we exhausted? Definitely! But are we happy and fulfilled? Definitely too! To everyone, Happy Christmas and a Bountiful New Year! :-)

For more details, visit our school’s official news article.





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