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This year too, like they did last year during Christmas, Santa’s little elves did their bit towards the community. This year, the Laguna Junior Christmas Choir consisted of more than forty children. They practiced Christmas carols in the evening, during those couple of hours that is normally very precious to them because it is usually their time to play with their friends in the park. There were no questions asked, no complaints, as they got together as frequently as three to four times every week, to practice caroling.
They had able teachers who guided them during their caroling sessions in Maria Fernandes, Anne Challu and Binnie Patcha, all of whom had to take time out from their own busy schedules too, for this good deed.
On the 21st and 22nd of December, 2013, more than forty of Santa’s little elves in Laguna City, Lam Tin, went house to house, caroling and collecting donations for Operation Santa Claus. The children truly exhibited "the spirit of giving" by opting to collect donations for OSC, in lieu of the gifts they would otherwise have received from each household, after caroling. Their enthusiasm knew no bounds and it reflected in the message of cheer and joy they were instrumental in spreading throughout Laguna City. It was lovely to watch faces break out into wide grins at the sight of this enthusiastic bandwagon of carolers and the Christmas caroling this year was such a resounding success, that people are already looking forward to the event next year.
As parents, we are often found telling our children that “sharing is caring”. The spirit of sharing is especially exemplified during this season – the Christmas season and it is never too early to start teaching our kids to care for people who are less fortunate. This event will also, hopefully, teach the kids to appreciate all the good things that they have in their lives and make them realize how fortunate they are.
Mother Teresa once said “It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”. These little elves exemplified that spirit. They are living proof that ordinary people, no matter how young they are, can make an extraordinary difference in the world of today by reaching out to the community, in their own way, by their own means.
Here’s to the little elves and here’s wishing all of you a festive season filled with an abundance of cheer, joy, good health, peace and love.