Donations are hard to come by, in these times of recession. Companies are cutting back on all fronts, including charitable contributions which used to be an appropriate venue for tax breaks and aiding underprivileged sectors of society.
That is why we were quite elated when we heard the news that fastfood giant Jollibee turned over P18 million to eight recipient-foundations who will implement programs to benefit Filipino children around the country.
The eight beneficiaries of the Jollibee grants are Cottolengo Filipino (Rizal), ERDA Tech (Manila), Families and Children for Empowerment and Development Foundation (Manila), House with No Steps (Quezon City), Marcellin Project (General Santos City), Shontoug Foundation (Baguio City), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (Quezon City) and the Busog, Lusog, Talino In-School Feeding Program of the Jollibee Foundation (Leyte).
At the turnover rites in Manila Ocean Park, we were able to take a snapshot of Fr. Julio Cuesto Ortega, the president and executive director of Cottolengo Filipino which provides residential care and rehabilitation for abandoned children and persons with disability.
“With Jollibee’s help, we will be able to build a Multisensory Room to provide the necessary mental and sensual stimulation, as well as relaxation for the autistic kids under our care. At the same time, it will help a total of 82 orphans and students with special needs,” said Fr. Ortega.
Nice. Sometimes I am guilty of eating too much fastfood and imagine all that fat in the Chickenjoy. But I don’t mind doing all of that now, again and again, if all the calorific content I am afraid of is benefitting other people.
Tit for tat. Besides…. who can resist french fries?