These last few months, we have been having a steady stream of people bringing plastic bags and boxes full of books and toys in our drop off points at our Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library situated in Don Antonio Heights, Diliman, Quezon City and in my Dean & Kings Legal Public Relations Office in Manila.
We are glad that as people become more dependent in the ease of researching through the Internet, they opt to share their old books to poor children in Mindanao who are not yet enjoying Internet-based research because they have no electricity in their houses, no money to pay electric bills, no computers in their homes or schools and if they do, there is no Internet signals in their places.
This is so true in areas where we have our Kris Peace Libraries in a resettlement area for Typhoon Ondoy victims in Rodriguez, Rizal, in Manicahan, Zamboanga City and in two remote places in Tungawan, Zamboanga del Sur.
Our profuse thanks goes to those who bring us books after reading our plea for donations in our Facebook wall and in our blog at www.krislibrary.com.
With the books comes friendship with people who not only share our love for books but good people who do good to their communities in their own ways. Such friendship open door to more acts of sharing and giving.
Recently we’ve met Ms. Linda de Guzman of the National Transmission Corporation who not only gave books but invited us to speak at the Transco flag ceremony where we got to meet Transco officials and employees led by President/CEO Rolly Bacani who gave us more books, education kits and pencils which we recently distributed to the children in Rizal.
Last week, a donor who gave a 1994 Collier’s Encyclopaedia, a 1989 How It Works Encyclopaedia and several hard-bound books made a special request – he wanted them brought ONLY to the Kris Library in Zamboanga. It turned out he was FROM Zamboanga and you can imagine how exciting a conversation becomes when two compoblanos (province mate) meet. Not only do we have additional sets of encyclopaedia, we gained new friends who promised to spread the word around to his Born-Again friends.
From surviving a near-heart-attack, having a long-awaited son, having a daughter awarded by Zonta International with a global award and a US $4,000 prize; obtaining big legal public relations contracts to gaining new friends, it seems the blessings we get from our Kris Library advocacy has no end.
To those who want to give books, old computers and other donations to poor Muslim and Christian kids, kindly check out the address and maps of our drop off points at http://www.krislibrary.com/contact-us.html and those who want to make financial donations can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 7030040 and 09195897879 for details.
Thanks and may God/Allah bless you all.