12/29/2015, 00.00
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Typhoon Yolanda survivors to help people affected by Typhoon Melor

"Your gift, my joy!" is a charitable initiative to benefit 2,700 people in the Diocese of Catarman. Its aim is to make people “feel that it is Christmas through our generosity in sharing God’s love to others”. Some 19 projects currently underway will continue next year.

Tacloban (AsiaNews/CBCP) – After receiving help in 2013, typhoon Yolanda survivors in Tacloban came to the aid of people battered by Typhoon Melor (locally known as ‘Nona’), which in mid-December killed dozens and displaced up to 750,000 people in the central Philippines.

The Sto Niño Parish responded with a charity drive called ‘Regalo Mo, Kalipayan Ko!’ (Your gift, my joy) to provide the people of typhoon-hit diocese of Catarman with basic necessities. The project is not limited to Christmas but is set to continue into next year.

Fr Ronel Taboso, parish priest at Sto Niño, said that the outreach included visits to and gift-giving at the Pope Francis Complex for the Poor in Palo (Leyte), hospitals, and homes of sick persons in the parish, the Tacloban City Jail, the Institution Complex for Children, and the Missionary of Charity..

During his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis visited Tacloban on 17 January where he met with survivors of  typhoon Yolanda.

Co-parish priest Fr Wilson Chu noted that 2,700 people would benefit from the outreach project, which “lets other people feel that it is Christmas through our generosity in sharing God’s love to others, inspired by the example given by Christ that His teaching must manifest in the way He lives His life.”

A total of 19 charitable projects are underway in Sto Niño Parish, bringing together volunteers, partners, and donors. As “they touched each other’s lives,” beneficiaries and organisers wept, Fr Chu added.

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