"It's Like a New Life!"

MALABON CITY — Eighty-year-old Tatay Herminio exclaimed this as he sat on his new wheelchair from Free Wheelchair Mission, a gift from Operation Blessing that he would never forget.

Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) went to their fire-ravaged village to distribute goods to affected families who took shelter in Panghulo Elementary School last April. This is where the OB team saw Tatay Herminio.

“Our house was also destroyed by the fire, but we are still grateful because no one from my family got hurt,” he said with a bitter smile.

Everything is going smoothly for Tatay Herminio until he suffered from a stroke in 2006. Because of this, his strength weakened and he needs to be carried so he can go from one place to another. Through the years, he learned to adapt to his situation

“His mobility was highly affected,” her 37-year-old daughter Christy told Operation Blessing. “Before the stroke, my father would use his arms and upper body to lift and carry himself around the house.”

She admits attending to his needs can sometimes be a little too much for her to handle, since she has a family of her own to take care of.

“My husband and I would take turns carrying our father,” Christy said. “Since then, it has been our prayer that a wheelchair will be given to our father so that he can move more freely and easily.”

Upon receiving the brand-new and lightweight wheelchair for her father, Christy was ecstatic. “Words are not enough to express how thankful I am for using OB as the answer to our prayer. Thank you very much!” she cheerfully said.

“Good people like you give us encouragement to dream again,” Christy added, full of hope despite their tragic incident.

“Thank you for coming here in our place, OB! Thank you for this wonderful gift. I will never forget this for the rest of my life!” Tatay Herminio said in tears.

YOU CAN BRING GIFTS OF MOBILITY!

By partnering with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, you help us distribute wheelchairs units from Free Wheelchair Mission to provinces around the country. Click TO GIVE to learn how you can donate to OB.




 
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