Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Week Before Christmas

We were supposed to visit New York for Christmas but, the schedule changed when the catastrophe struck Cagayan de Oro, my home city in the Philippines. It happened on Dec.16, 2011 when people were asleep and raging flood waters struck the houses and everything on it's path. It is the worst calamity in six decades and the incident left thousands of families homeless. I mourn with our friends who lost their daughters, sons, uncles, parents, grandchildren and nieces. It was a week before Christmas and the tragedy happened where Christmas trees with full of gifts are all set for the celebration.

Basically, most of the residents in my city Volunteer and assists the needs of the flood victims. People like us who lives halfway around the globe are busy packing relief goods to send to the people of CDO. We also send cash donations to various organizations and most of all sent directly to the family who are victims. I for one forgets Christmas Eve but, the spirit of gift giving is very much alive. We attended the mass on Christmas Eve and gave the kayak paddles to our friend who is a sports minded but, we refuse to attend the party. We went home and I talk to my family and relatives who are flood victims who are staying with my mom in CDO. My Christmas is complete and happy because they are all safe. My thoughts are for my friends who suffered a tremendous loss of this tragic event caused by Storm Washi (Bagyong Sendong). May God bless their hearts.

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