“When you share happiness, it doubles.” – exactly what everyone has been feeling since September 4, the day Team Jheck spent roughly 4-hours with the 51 elders of Bahay Kalinga at Patag, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
Since we did our ocular, which is barely 3 weeks before the event date, I cannot take out in my head the short stories I heard from some of the elders. I still wonder why they were there. Questions in my mind still boggling me, such as “Where are their families?” “How do they survive?” “Who takes care of them?” “Are they fine?”
Such confusions that I cannot find any answer.
Such condition that I am not in control with.
Such feeling that I cannot fathom.
Such compassion that overflows in my heart.
By God’s grace, rallying the team and organizing the event became manageable. With majority of our members being students and young professionals, God did not fail us by touching the hearts of our families, friends and other supporters of Jheck Dionela. Cash assistance and donations in kind kept coming from the day we announced the plan until the night before the happening. The preparation itself amazed me. Truly, “When God used you, He will be in-charge of everything you need.”
The day came. Mr. Sunshine guided the squad and brought us in the place very safe and protected. While holding my cue card as the main responsible for the program, I saw the elders patiently waiting, and the team keeps on moving. Everyone is in action. Without being asked for, everyone had initiative to carry the goods and arrange the food. Knowing that most of the volunteers came from a long journey and they were not able to have a quality sleep the night before, I had to do my job well in keeping them alive and excited.
We had series of performances and songs were offered to the grandmas. They sang for us as well, giving their very best to remember the lyrics and deliver the melody. We danced together with them, moving to our heart’s content. We ate and had delighting conversations. They were hugged and kissed. We screamed joyfully and laughed out loud together. More than the gifts we brought with us, spending time with them are what they really need.
Watch these two videos as these pretty sum up what have transpired on #TeamJheckGivesBack day. Click the photos to be directed on the links
The heavy rain congratulates everyone for a job well done. While I was resting on the side as the program ended, I witnessed how privilege I am to run this kind of event and how blessed I am for having such a wonderful team. I saw how passionate they were in bringing back the elders from the party place to the lobby area. Men and women alike, the heavy outpour of rain did not stop them from taking care of the elders until the last few minutes of our stay. They literally carry those who are in wheelchair. They took extra care guiding those who can walk, just like handling an expensive and fragile item.
Sweat and rain water combined, wasted and exhausted we may be, we are far more grateful for this superb experience we had with Bahay Kalinga. A memorable involvement, indeed. A one-of-a-kind occurrence.
Truth is, not all of us were contented and satisfied with the kind of life we have during that day. Some of us are actually having a hard time on some issues that bothers us. But spending a little time and a little effort to make the elders glad made us more joyful. It’s not about us, doing the good deed; it’s about these elders, touching our lives. When we tried our best to make them happy, seeing their smiles made us happier.
After all, the world, still, is a better place to live.
In behalf of Jheck and the admins, I thank everyone who gave their time, talent and treasure to make this first ever #TeamJheckGivesBack successful. Your efforts will not be in vain. May the Lord bless you more and may you continue to become channels of blessing to others.
To the Lord Almighty, we thank You for all the provisions and for giving us enough strength to carry the day. May we have more passion on You and compassion for people. Have mercy on us for the times that we are ungrateful.
I asked some of the volunteers to share their insights, stories and learning about the event. Read their inputs below and be inspired.
“Ang maibabahagi ko po sa karanasan ko sa pagsama ay sobrang saya, sobrang nakakagalak, at the same time ay nakakaantig ng damdamin. Sa umpisa kinakabahan pero nung makatagpo at makadaupang-palad ko na po ang ating pakay doon, bigla ko na lang naalala at namiss ang mga lolo at lola ko. ‘Di ako magkanda-ugaga sa kakamano sa mga lola. Nung makita ko pa lang po sila, I want to do something para i-please sila. Sa maiksing sandali po na nakasama natin sila, pinanghinaan ako. Yung tipong lumambot ng husto yung kalooban ko. Dahil doon napaisip ako bigla sa mga bagay-bagay. Ang totoo hanggang ngayon nangingilid ang mga luha ko kapag naaalala o napapanood sa videos ang karanasan ko doon. Alam ko higit po sa materyal ang pangangailangan nila doon. Napakasarap makita na napapatawa sila sa maliit na nagawa natin. Kitang-kita ang kasiyahan nila ngunit mababanaag din sa ilan ang kalungkutan. Sobrang nakaka-touch yung makapanayam sila. Hindi ko man sila isa-isang nakausap, sapat na yung nasaksihan ko para ma-miss at gustuhin kong muling makasama sila.” – Jobert, 25, Production Operator from Tanza, Cavite
“Ang natutunan ko sa ginawa nating charity ay pahalagahan ang lahat ng sakripisyo ng ating ina. Mahalin natin sila. Sulitin ang oras habang kasama sila. Sa oras na may sakit sila, alagaan natin. Pag makulit, paspasensiyahan. Ibigay ang lahat ng pagmamahal tulad ng ginawa nila nung mga bata pa tayo hanggang sa ngayon. Hindi lahat ng tao meron pang nanay o magulang. Hindi lahat ng pamilya ay buo kaya maswerte tayo kasi kapiling natin sila.” – Darlin, 24, Admin D from Bulac, Sta. Maria, Bulacan
“Actually for me, the whole event was memorable. Nakita ko na nag-smile ang mga lola. Naparamdam natin na may nagmamahal sa kanila. Na-feel ko na napasaya natin sila. Naramdaman ko na lahat ng tao na nandun ay masaya sa ginagawa nila. Nagsimula itong project na ‘to nung gumawa si Ate Jheck ng group chat kasama ang tatlong admins (ako, Darlin at Ate Rhea). Gusto daw niyang i-surprise ang Team Jheck. Gusto niyang ibalik yung love na natatanggap niya from all of us. Dun nabuo ang ideyang #JheckDionelaGivesBack. Pero tama nga, laging may mas magandang plano si God. Napag-usapan naming apat ang outreach program. To make the long story short, nabago ang plano at naging #TeamJheckGivesBack. Masaya ako kahit haggard at amoy mandirigma. Masaya ako kahit basa na ako ng ulan. Masaya ako kahit gutom na. Masaya ako kasi gusto ko itong ginagawa ko.” – Mari, 23, Admin M from Biñan, Laguna
“I asked the lolas, “Bakit po kayo nandito? Taga Sta. Maria po ba kayong lahat?” Yung isang lola nagmamadaling sinagot ako, “Hindi anak, taga Pangasinan ako.” Sabi ko sa kanya, “Ang layo po nun ah? Eh bakit po kayo napunta dito?” Her story breaks my heart. Sabi niya, “Dinala ako dito ng kapitbahay namin. Sabi niya ipapasok daw niya ako ng trabaho. Yun pala dito ako dadalhin.” Tinanong ko kung alam ba yun ng pamilya niya. Oo daw. Hindi na ako nagtanong ulit. I saw her eyes, malapit nang tumulo yung luha niya. Pinipigilan lang niya. Ayaw niyang umiyak sa harap ko. Kaya ang ginawa ko eh niyakap ko siya. Ang dami ko pa sanang gustong itanong pero yung mga tanong na yun, alam kong masasaktan lang din siyang sagutin.” – Yuwi, 23, Designer/Site Engineer from Pandi, Bulacan
“This was my first time na nakasama sa isang outreach program. Malaki ang pinagpapasalamat ko sa Panginoon at naging part ako ng event na to. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na makitang masaya ang mga lola. May ngiti sa kanilang mga mata. Kahit hindi nila sabihin, nararamdaman kong masaya sila. Nagagalak ang puso ko na nakasama ko sila. Nakikita ko sa kanila ang aking lola na naging sandalan namin nung mga musmos pa kami.” – Jerome, 23, Coredrill Technician from Tanza, Cavite
“Nung una kong marinig yung project, naisip ko sasama ako dito kasi matagal ko nang gustong gawin yung mga ganitong bagay. Masaya yung event. Makikita mo yung mga lola na nakukuhang tumawa kahit hirap sila sa buhay. Kaya pa nilang makipagbiruan sa amin. It was a humbling experience to be part of this project.” – Bryan, 30, Call Center Agent from San Pedro, Laguna
“Pagdating sa venue, di ko alam ang gagawin ko. Di ko alam kung bakit pero nung may inakay akong lola, natuwa ako. Nung nagpasalamat siya sakin, gumaan ang pakiramdam ko at nawala yung pagod at puyat. The most memorable part ay yung pinakain ko sila Lola Monica. Sabi ko pagbalik ko may kotse na ako at isasakay ko sila isa-isa. Nangiti sila. Sa simpleng kwentuhan, doon ko nakita na sa maliit na ginawa at sinabi ko, napasaya ko sila. Maaaring normal para sa iba pero yung experience na yun ay special para sa akin. Achievement yung naging instrument ako ng kasiyahan para sa kanila. Dinagdag ko na din sila sa mga inspirasyon ko para makatapos sa studies ko.” – Jethro, 17, Student from San Pedro, Laguna
“That was a great experience for me. First time kong mag-outreach and I was indeed happy seeing lolas smiling. Nakita ko yung saya sa mukha nila nung araw na yun, lalo na nung last part ng program nung kumanta lahat ng Team Jheck sa harap ng Iingatan Ka. Sobrang nakakatuwa na makita silang masaya. – Cyrille, 19, Student from Parañaque City
“Hindi aksidente na magkasama-sama tayo isang araw sa Bahay Kalinga. Ito ay matagal nang pinlano ng Panginoon. Mababakas mo sa lahat ang magkahalong ngiti at nangingilid na luha. It was a joyful giving. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam ng makatulong kahit sa maliit na paraan at makapagpasaya kahit saglit lamang. I want to share something about the real joy in giving, which can be found in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be mocked, a man reaps what he sows.” Joyful giving heals us from being materialistic. It is voluntary, does not force you how much you will give. It is intentional and the glory belongs to the Lord.” – Tito, Executive Secretary at House of Representative from Imus, Cavite