‘Christmas in August’ outreach benefits 300 Zambo residents

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By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- About 300 residents, mostly children, benefited from the gift-giving and outreach program initiated by a “balikbayan” Zamboangueña nurse in Barangay Tugbungan, this city.

Saturday's activity, dubbed as “Christmas in August”, was initiated by Salvacion Oyales-Shing, a Zamboangueña nurse based in Maryland, U.S.A. and a graduate of the Tugbungan Elementary School.

The children-beneficiaries who are enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 6 received school supplies, slippers, goodies and were entertained by a magic show.

The other beneficiaries availed of free haircut, medical and dental services.

“Never give up. If you fail once, stand up, that’s how life is. You might be down now and up the next time. Life is wonderful, it is up to you how do you want your life to be,” Shing told the students.

Shing said she hopes to see “these children to be successful” in life one day.

Shing was joined in the activity by her batchmates of Tugbungan Elementary School Class-77, Zamboanga City High School fourth-year classmates of batch-81, and Western Mindanao State University College of Nursing class-85.

The other participants included policemen, personnel from the city government, the Department of Health, and the military.