Charity begins at home. On the weekend after the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, the J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF) and Araneta Group employees took part in the #WeAraneta donation drive to help fellow employees affected by the calamity.
In just five days, with the able help of the ACI HRD Department, the donation drive collected monetary and in-kind pledges for 120 employees and agency personnel. The pledges were used to buy family food and hygiene relief packs that were distributed last November 20 at the New Frontier Theater lobby. The relief packs were warmly received with some opting to forward their relief packs to Operation R.E.A.C.H. as their way of paying it forward.
Carlo, a maintenance personnel assigned in Ali Mall, was teary-eyed with the donation. “Maraming salamat po sa Araneta at hindi nyo po kami nakalimutan sa panahon ng sakuna. Mahirap po ang nagyari sa amin ng pamilya ko sa Marikina, ngunit kinakaya po namin. Malaking tulong po itong ibinigay nyo sa amin. God bless po sa inyo.”
In addition, JAAF will release cash aid to employees who were affected by the Typhoon.
The Araneta Group also began reaching out to families at Marikina City and Montalban, Rizal. A total of 140 sacks of rice have been donated through the Offices of Cong. Stella Quimbo and Mayor Dennis Hernandez last 14 November and 20 November, respectively. Indeed, the spirit of bayanihan lives on among the Araneta City community.
You, too, can still help. Araneta City and JAAF continue to welcome cash donations for displaced families affected by Typhoon Ulysses through the Operation R.E.A.C.H. campaign. Visit www.ticketnet.com.ph for details on how to send your monetary donations. Together, let’s do our part in helping our brothers and sisters in need.
[Article submitted by Glenda Carlota, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc.]