Operation Blessing Helps Out in Damayang Lagi Fire

QUEZON CITY — None of the 3,000 families in Barangay Damayang Lagi thought April 25 will be a different Sunday. An afternoon fire destroyed their houses, businesses, and material possessions, and even took lives. Affected families, with a great need for food, shelter, clothing, and medicines, were relocated to the side streets of E. Rodriguez Avenue.

Last April 28, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) immediately responded to the need of these evacuees, proving once more that OB is always ready to help and share hope and love to those who are in need.

More Than Just Relief Goods

Jesus Is Lord Church Tatalon Chapter opened its doors and helped OB repack relief goods. Volunteers also organized a program inside the church where the evacuees were introduced to Filipino Christian songs, taught about the love of Jesus Christ, and given encouragement through prayers.

Some of the evacuees prayed to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior. They were reminded that God has a purpose and plan with everything that is happening and that there is always hope in all circumstances.

A Package Sealed With Love

“I am very grateful to the organizers, especially to Operation Blessing. I wholeheartedly thank them for the blessing that I have received. This is a great help for us,” Alfredo Lacabo, 55, happily said after he received his bag of relief goods. Used clothes, bottles of mineral water, medicines, and mats donated by OB partners were distributed to over 800 affected families.

Cristina Ablaza, 38, smilingly said: “I am thankful for the blessing given to me. I pray that God will continue to bless Operation Blessing more so they will continue to bless people who are in need.”

Olivia Garduque, one of the beneficiaries, is a 37-year-old single mother who earns a living as a house caretaker and street sweeper. A mother of five, Olivia’s whole family is now deep in crisis. They’re dependent on food and medicines from relief goods they receive. But she tells and encourages her children, “Tiis lang. Makakabalik din tayo sa normal.”

Olivia shared her gratitude to Operation Blessing: “I am very thankful for the help you’ve given us. I wholeheartedly thank God for giving us a new life, a second life, and for saving us.”

Be a Blessing Even in Times of Tragedy

Be it a natural or man-made calamity, Operation Blessing quickly responds to the needs of affected families. Victims are given relief assistance in the form of essential food items, blankets, sleeping mats, toiletries and other necessities. To help the survivors cope with the emotional trauma of the tragedy and carry on with their lives, OB provides crisis counseling, livelihood, and assistance for the reconstruction of damaged houses and the construction of new ones.

Call Operation Blessing at (02) 813-2163 to know how you can partner with us.

(contributed by Ruth Manlapaz)

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