Everybody has a secret. A few of my friends know mine and it’s actually not too hard to keep. I do it once a year and I’ve been doing it for the longest time. Gift giving is one of the oldest human activities and the most popular example can be traced back to the three wise men who went to the manger and presented gifts. However, giving shouldn’t be done only during the holidays. The truest form of such is charity and should be done all throughout the year especially when needed.
My most fond memory about gift giving is the first time I went to an orphanage alone with a large box of clothes and vitamins to donate and this was way back March of 2013. The nun who was in charge even gave me a tour of the facility and let me interact with the kids. It was an enriching and learning experience, the precious smiles and endless gratitude those kids showed made me realize it’s truly better to give than to receive.
That same year we almost lost everything to a house fire and receiving help from our friends and family taught me the value of helping others in need. Ever since, I give whenever I can because I know exactly how it feels to have absolutely nothing.
I moved to another city last year and this year I’ve decided to search for a charitable institution near me. I stumbled upon Hands of God charity works when I was browsing in Facebook. It is a group of private volunteers who share their time, talent and effort to serve others who is lead by a selfless, dedicated individual who happens to be a former classmate of a buddy of mine. I support their vision of caring and supporting through the help of rehabilitation medical missions, gift-giving, education and much more.
After months of filling my donation box with canned goods, a nebulizer machine, and hygiene kits, I felt the need to add more to it but going out to buy them can be bothersome for a person like me who is always busy. I just don’t have the time and patience with the long queue lines or even brave the worsening traffic situation in Manila.
Recently, I utilized the convenience of e-commerce stores in purchasing items to donate to the said charitable institution. For people on the go, shopping online is the wisest choice and the most convenient method is through smartphone apps.
The newest online store in town is from the mall that has it all, yes you’ve got it right, it’s SM! Shopsm.com is now an online and offline store. Who would have thought Shoemart which started out with selling shoes from its humble store in Carriedo has flourished into the most popular line of malls and is now joining the online bandwagon.
Shopping is easy-peasy. Signup using your Facebook or Google account or any email address.
I received a text from 2Go the morning my package was about to be delivered at home, five days after I placed the order and received it in a big neat box sealed with the ShopSM adhesive tape.
I shopped for these additional items to cater to the needs of the charity’s recipients:
SM Stationery Grade 4 All-in-One School Bag Pack – Red and Navy Blue
Who knew that I would find this gem at the Shop SM kids category. I bought this because Hands of God charity works also has project school support. It helps those indigent beneficiaries with their monthly school needs. Originally this set costs P299 but since it’s 33% off, I only got it for P199.75!
What this set includes are
- 1 x backpack
- Made of canvas
- Nylon lining
- Single compartment interior
- Front zip pocket
- Top zip closure
- Haul loop
- Padded and adjustable shoulder straps
- Measurements: L28 x W5 x H 34cm
- 1 x 10-piece short bond paper set
- 1 x long folder
- 2 x 80-leaves grade pad
- 5 x 80-leaves composition notebook
- 2 x ball pen
- 1 x ruler
- 1 x pair of scissors
- 1 x glue stick 9g
SM Basics Boys 3-piece Little League Tank Set,Baby Dove Rich Moisture Hair to Toe Wash 200ml and Huggies Dry Pants Large 30 Pcs Plus 4 Free.
Most of what my chosen charity’s beneficiaries are children who are hospitalized so I bought them necessities like diapers, body wash and clothes.￼
Daily Defense Keratin Shampoo 473 ml
I wanted to give a product that will not irritate and dry out the scalp so I included this Daily Defense Keratin Shampoo when I browsed under ShopSM Beauty. This is a moisturizing shampoo that has low sulfate content which helps protect the hair from breakage plus it adds shine.
To keep things in perspective, it’s not all roses and unicorns. They still have room for improvement such as the limited brands they have in store, lack of COD free shipping promos, and faster delivery time. In its initial stage, it’s perfectly understandable to have some tiny slip ups but I’m quite positive it will all work out in the end.
SM has been around for quite a while, thanks to its effective management and I’m pretty sure they’ll get better with their new endeavor as they listen to their customers’ opinions.
Eventually, I’ll get the chance to spend some time with them. The sick and the abandoned might need material things but knowing somebody’s there to hear their stories can be equally appealing to them. Helping others does not only benefit the needy but is also the perfect opportunity to do something great with our lives.
As the great Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”