BAGUIO CITY – Three days before Christmas, some 47 sick toddlers and young children at the Baguio General Hospital (BGH) pediatric ward got a visit and gifts from “Santa Claus”.
The gifts range from coloring books, crayons, sketch pads, watercolor and paintbrushes.
Silahis ng Pasko organizing chairman Fritz Gerald Padilla said the gift-giving event, or “Share a Joy”, is a component of the month-long annual project started by his father.
“Seeing their faces make me want to really go full-throttle on the project. The feeling is so great seeing them smile or even bump fist with you,” said Padilla, who donned a suit similar to Santa Claus.
Padilla and his daughter, Summer, did the rounds at the pediatric ward of the hospital as they gave the loot bag and balloons.
“This is just the fourth in our series of events after the Children’s Mardi Gras on Dec. 1, the Lucky Christmas Family and the Special Day for Special People (blinds) the past three Sundays,” he said.
He said other activities include the giving of gifts to the Lucky Christmas baby to be selected in the same hospital when the clock strikes midnight on December 25.
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