Jollibee’s Maaga ang Pasko caravan brought holiday cheer to the 200 pediatric patients of the Philippine General Hospital as the first in line for the Maaga gift-giving caravan. Now on its 21st year, the longest-running toy and book donation drive in the country once again spread happiness to kids in different parts of the Philippines this Christmas season.
The pediatric patients received toys and books from the generous customers of the country’s leading fast food chain as early Christmas presents handed over by Jollibee employees led by Jollibee Philippines president Joseph Tanbuntiong. The kids were also treated to a special performance by Jollibee and had their fill of their favorite langhap-sarap treats.
During the event, Jollibee executives also officially turned over the company’s P1 million donation to the PGH Foundation to bring hope and relief to the patients. The funds will be used for the purchase of eight infusion pumps, devices that help deliver fluids such as nutrients and medication to patients, for the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Isolation ward. Other parts of the fund will be used for the Charity Patients Medical Fund to provide financial assistance to the sick and enable them to purchase medicine, special laboratory tests and medical supplies.
“We hope that this simple gesture of generosity, made possible by our customers, employees and our campaign partners, will help bring the spirit of Christmas to these kids. This is what Maaga ang Pasko is all about, to bring the joy of the season to more kids across the country through the magic of toys and books,” says Tanbuntiong.
Throughout the holiday season the Maaga ang Pasko caravan will be making several stops to carry out its annual gift-giving activities for many child beneficiaries. Jollibee also teamed up with Philippine Toy Library, an organization that transforms idle spaces in barangays and schools into fun and educational playrooms, to give Christmas cheer to more kids, including those in far-flung areas.