Around 200 children, aged 12 years old and below, of persons deprived of liberty, will receive gifts on December 9 and 16 at the compound of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the city.
The project, “Pangandoy sa Pasko” was launched by the city government of Dumaguete, in cooperation with the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the BJMP, to provide cheer to the sons and daughters of PDLs from the male and female dormitories of the district jail in Dumaguete.
The kids were pre-identified and screened by the BJMP, headed by Maj. Jonairy Sitchon, to receive their Christmas wishes from well-meaning citizens of Dumaguete.
It allows the children to list down their wishes, from shoes, clothes, toys, and dolls to food.
City tourism officer Jacque Veloso Antonio said it is heartening to note that there are children who wish that they will be reunited with their parents on or before Christmas, and some also wish they will have food for Noche Buena with the rest of the family, while their loved ones are in the district jail.
Those interested in sharing their blessings could get in touch with the CSWDO at 422-8117, or the City Tourism Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cut-off date will be on December 5 to give time for social workers to sort out and prepare the gifts for distribution.
Most common and simple wishes of the children include clothes, T-shirts, shoes, and bicycles, it doesn’t have to be branded or brand new, outgrown bikes will do, Antonio said.
Meanwhile, Antonio said the city ordered 650 Christmas lanterns from the PDLs, so they will have income during the Christmas season.
She said the Christmas tree lighting-up ceremony is on December 6 to coincide with the Christmas choir competition, at Quezon Park.
Antonio said the competition is open to all choirs all over the province, and the deadline for submission of entries is today.*
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