Kindness in action for Bagong Silang residents at INC Giving event

Date Posted: March 27, 2024

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CALOOCAN CITY, Metro Manila — On March 23, 2024, hundreds of residents of Bagong Silang, the largest and most populated barangay in the Philippines, trooped to the INC Giving event.

As early as 8 a.m., the Bagong Silang 5 covered court was already prepared for the free medical and dental services to be provided by volunteers from the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).

Free food, bottled water, ice cream, souvenirs, school supplies, and clothes were also given to the people who came to the event; toys were given to the kids who were brought along by their parents. Other booths offered free haircuts, manicures, and pedicures, as well as massage services.

The goal of the INC Giving event was to give help and share kindness to one’s fellow man. At the Bagong Silang venue, medical and dental services were also given for free to those in need.

Since Bagong Silang became the relocation site of people living in depressed areas across Metro Manila in the 1970s, most people here continue to live in poor conditions. Access to medical and dental services can be a problem, especially for the poor who have health issues and other complications.

An example was Tess, 34, a PWD who was recently widowed who came to the INC Giving event in Bagong Silang with her mother and her five-year-old daughter. After her husband died, Tess and her daughter only got their daily needs through the help of her mother and siblings.

At the event, they received free vitamins and medication, including the needed ointment for her child’s rashes. Tess also availed of the free dental service. She got a problematic tooth extracted.

At the end of the program, their bags were filled with medicines, vitamins, clothes, and school supplies.

“Marami pong salamat sa medical mission na nagawa po ninyo. Maraming natulungan. Masaya po ako kasi nakatulong po kayo sa amin [Thanks so much for the medical mission. It helped a lot of people. I am so happy that you were able to help us],” Tess said as she thanked the event organizers.

Similar acts of kindness continue to be done here and abroad by INC volunteers—both young and old—through INC Giving events that strive to make kindness contagious.

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