Written by: Tarah Bourke, Development & Communications Coordinator
At Kids' Food Basket, we get the opportunity to cross paths with some pretty amazing individuals. A few weeks back I took a phone call from a couple. They wanted to volunteer with Kids' Food Basket - that day. I asked if there was a reason why. It was their ninth wedding anniversary and they wanted to dedicate part of their day to giving back. We didn't have any openings in our schedule, but we told them to come anyway. Two extra sets of hands preparing Sack Suppers would be perfectly fine that day.
A few weeks later we received this kind note from Ace and Jackie Marasigan about why they are so passionate about giving back:
You posed a question: Why did we choose Kids' Food Basket to volunteer our time?
It’s because we have a 2-year-old, and we love him dearly. My wife and I both grew up in the Philippines with a very different standard of living compared to here in the US. There were periods of time where food was scarce, however, our loving parents always tried to do what they could to put food on the table.
We, as husband and wife ,decided that our union would best be celebrated through volunteer services. We are blessed – if we compare our lives when we were younger; we are now living the high life! (anything to the way it used to be is the high life). Just like Kids' Food Basket cares about kids, someone was always looking out for us during our hard times, and we want to do the same through this wonderful organization.
We hope to teach our son the same values that our parents and also the community where we grew up taught us: helping others without expectations of a return is a shining light onto the world.
Maraming Salamat (Thank you very much) – we hope to volunteer again soon, and we plan to bring others that share the same passion.