As part of the RAFI’s 50th anniversary activities, the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF) and the Aboitiz Family Office (AFO) distributed gifts to 200 homeless street families in four Cebu City barangays last June.
Each Thursday that month, 50 families as identified in coordination with the City Social Welfare Services received gift packs of groceries, home needs, and treats for kids.
One theme resonated throughout the project: receiving food meant a great deal for the mothers of these families.
Lilibeth Quiñones of Brgy. Mabolo shared that the groceries will enable her children to enjoy good food for at least a few days.
“I’m very grateful for the gift, especially now that we don’t have rice anymore for the family,” said Tinago’s Mary Jane Ravanes, a laundrywoman.
“This is a blessing to us. We’re thankful because the gift will surely help us get by for a few days,” said 32-year-old Ammerine Pace.
“[RAFI family] has been serving Cebuanos and even the community. We Cebuanos are lucky to have the Sto. Niño and that we have generous people like the Aboitiz family,” said Barangay Sto. Niño Councilor Anielito Lao during a short program at their community last June 9. Gift giving activities also followed in Barangays Mabolo, T. Padilla, and Mambaling.