Xavier School Hapag Bayanihan

by Antonio Lorenzo Tan (H3E), Stallion Editor
Photos by Mrs. Jane Cacacho, HS Principal

When typhoon Yolanda struck, major infrastructures were destroyed, communication and electricity were cut off, and many lives were lost amidst the massive debris surrounding the city.

In light of the utter devastation present in the Visayan regions, Xavier School decided to take action and support both the victims and volunteers through its own relief operations.

Last Saturday, November 16, 2013, members of the Xavier School community volunteered in the “Hapag Bayanihan” operation to support the volunteers of other relief organizations. During this relief operation, students, parents, faculty, and staff were stationed at the high school canteen to prepare food bags which would be given to various organizations in order to feed the multitude of volunteers flocking to help at various sites. Transportation and delivery to the relief operation sites was also on a voluntary basis.

Alongside this initiative, the high school students were encouraged to bring needed supplies for the victims. In addition to the monetary donations being accepted for “Xavier Sulong Muli,” students were encouraged to bring water, medicines, clothes, canned goods, batteries, etc., per batch.

With much effort, volunteers packed each individual plastic with fruits, juices, and prepared sandwiches. At the end of the relief operation, an estimated amount of 5,800 food bags were packed and delivered to numerous relief organizations, namely: DSWD Chapel Road, DSWD Villamor Air Base, DSWD Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Simbahan Lingkod ng Bayan, Camp Aguinaldo, Caritas Manila and San Carlos Seminary, ABS-CBN, GMA, Operation Tulong Bayan-Cubao, Red Cross-QC, JCI Phil-Oplan Kaagapay (San Juan), and Villamor Air Base Soup Kitchen.

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