This a letter Dennis Drake received from Reymart this Christmas. He is the deaf boy who was told by two doctors that he would soon be blind but with the right kind of help and special contact lenses is now able to see well.
December 11, 2012 – Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
IDEA Philippines Christmas Bus headed out from Tagbilaran early in the morning of December 11. It’s mission . . . make a one day trip around the entire island of Bohol to deliver Christmas gifts to the deaf children in the IDEA supported schools. They will make four stops and give away around $6000 worth of presents to the kids. The deaf high school students from IDEA’s Bohol Deaf Academy already went Christmas shopping for themselves last week. The IDEA supported students on the island of Leyte will also do their shopping this week. Around 400 impoverished deaf children on the two islands will have presents this Christmas because of the generosity of IDEA sponsors and donors.
Marilou Drake and her team of Christmas elves spread a lot of joy to all the deaf children on Bohol.
The last stop of the day for the IDEA Christmas bus was at the deaf dormitory in the town on Loon, Bohol where 38 deaf children live. The deaf children at the other three deaf centers on the island gave the Christmas bus similar receptions. Here is a short video of how the visit went.
Here is just one photo of a thousand taken that tells the story. Merry Christmas everyone.
IDEA Philippines began preparing for Christmas months ago but the week of December 3rd to the 7th is shopping week. This is the week that we buy gifts for around 400 deaf children on the islands of Bohol and Leyte. It’s a big challenge and it can only be accomplish by our super duper ” IDEA Shopping Team” . This team has mastered the term “shop ’till you drop”. They hit the stores running with the deaf student’s wish lists, tracings of the children’s feet, and a tape measures in hand. Pretty soon the IDEA Philippines’ office will be piled high with gifts and then this team will be transformed into the “IDEA Gift Wrapping Team.