10 Ways to Fill your Christmas with Love


There is something magical about Christmas in that it brings out the best in each one of us.  It is a time when families and friends get together despite differences and spend precious moments together.  Everyone is caught up in the spirit of giving and the whole world seems to be in a festive mood.

It is the perfect season to reach out and help someone feel loved!  Let's make it all the more memorable this year!  Here are some ideas that you can adopt as a group project or do on your own to make this Christmas the best ever! 

1. Grant a wish 
A wish for a pair of slippers, a bar of soap, groceries... these are only some of the wishes of the inmates from the Manila City Jail.  Maybe you can help make their wish come true!  You can read their handwritten letters or contact the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) group for more information.

Ms Jerika Mapaquit

2.  Helping Hands Generous Hearts 
To help those with staggering hospital bills and other needs, members of the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy of the Lord) Community started a fundraising initiative. 

Be a buyer or a seller, or better yet, both!   They welcome all sorts of things and services for sale, from baked goodies to cars, new and preloved.  The only thing they ask is that you give a percentage to the alms fund, each time you get a sale from the group. The percentage is decided by you. 

Invite your contacts to join as well and please read the guidelines pinned on top of the chat.  Don’t hesitate to ask the admin any questions or give any comments and suggestions.

Helping Hands Generous Hearts Community

3. The Kind Cabinet 

Share your gifts with others!  

At the entrance door of Van Gogh is Bipolar Restaurant is the Kind Cabinet (Ang Mabuting Aparador).  As part of the Love Project, you may leave items inside the cabinet that are still useful for those in need to pick up.  

Everyone is invited to share things such as clothing, books, toys, school materials, etc. (brand new or pre-loved).  You may also get things from the Kind Wardrobe.  

Van Gogh is Bipolar

inner courtyard of 154 Magunhawa St. Sikatuna Village, Q.C. The Philippines.

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4. Show you Care from your Car 

You don't have to look far to find someone in need.  When you go out on errands or drive around, there are people who are hungry for a bite to eat.  It would be good if you were able to stock up on food items in your bag or in your car.  If there is enough time, strike up a friendly conversation with them so they know that you are giving from your heart.

5. Feed the Homeless 

For many years now, the Karinderia of Mang Urot has been feeding people who live on the streets and have nowhere to go.  Some travel from faraway cities just to be able to have that one meal for the day.  You may want to volunteer, donate food or even sing Christmas carols for everyone to spread good cheer!

Karinderia ni Mang Urot

1 Dalisay St., West Triangle, Quezon City


6.  Babysit for a Busy Parent 

Young children are a handful and Christmas is an extra busy time so it would be a big help to a busy parent.  You can give a break so a couple can have a date night or allow a single parent to recharge and rest while you watch over their children.  You can have special activities with the child depending on how old they are.  Whether it is working on a Christmas craft project they can give to their parent/s or just watching a cartoon, it will surely be a fun time for all.

7. Noche Buena 

With inflation and the loss of jobs from the pandemic, many families will be struggling to make ends meet, let alone have someone special for Christmas.  If you have the means to give, why not donate to organizations such as Puso ng Ama in Payatas, He Cares Mission, World Vision and the like.  They support families in need.  Just send them a message to inquire how you can volunteer or donate in cash or in kind.

Puso ng Ama Foundation, Payatas

Rev Fr. Paul Uwemedimo MGL

St. Benedict's Church, Don Victorino St.
Don Antonio Heights, Barangay Holy Spirit
Quezon City, 1127, Metro Manila, Philippines

+63 9052477082 

Website   |   Facebook

He Cares Mission

9 Mines Street Bgy. Vasra, Quezon City, Philippines

(02) 928 8910

Website    |   Facebook

World Vision Philippines

389 Quezon Ave. cor. West 6th St. 

West Triangle, Quezon City


Website   |   Facebook

8. Serve up a Surprise 

The treat may be for your favorite manicurist, cook, childhood nanny, village security guard or plumber.  Whoever you decide to surprise will feel so appreciated.  They are always serving you so why not turn the tables on them?  Treat them to a special meal and it will be a memory they will cherish for always.

9.  Alone and Faraway 

Most of us know someone who lives in a foreign country and who misses all the comforts of home.   A way to make them feel less lonely is to organize an online event.  Get the gang together and have games, singing or even dancing!  You can even get creative with themes, hats or costumes.  It will surely drive all the homesick blues away!

You can use Zoom, Facebook Messenger or Google Chat to do the online event!

10. DestiNasyon 

Want to get more ideas?  Join iVolunteer's online event DestiNasyon on December 3.  You'll get to hear inspiring stories from volunteers from different groups and maybe you'll find the perfect way to express love for others this Christmas!



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