Once upon a time, long before the World Wide Web appeared on the scene to dominate our connection lines, there was only the postal service (now disparagingly referred to as “snail mail”) to move letters and parcels from sender to addressee. One of the postal services was “special delivery,” which guaranteed faster and safer service. That mail category is no more. But once in a while it resurfaces in wonderful, albeit non-postal, ways. Such as this:
“Special Delivery” is the only way to describe the way PP Jun Jun & Cecille Dayrit brought home the message of Christmas and of our Last Angel Project last December. They did it by hand-carrying a gift to a sick child.
On December 15, at the Last Angel gift giving in a school in Calatagan, Batangas for children enrolled in our feeding program, one boy was conspicuously absent—Romel Dimaala. His teacher told the RCM group, PP Jun Jun & Cecille Dayrit among them, that the boy had been absent for a month and was confined in hospital for leukemia. The Dayrits volunteered to hand-carry the gift to the boy.
The following day, coming from another gift-giving sortie in Calapan, PE Jun Jun and Cecille purposely drove to the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City, where Romel was confined, for the “special delivery” of his gift. They found out that it is not leukemia the boy is suffering from but severe anemia, a blood disorder that, PE Jun Jun says, could indeed lead to leukemia.
Romel and his mother had been expecting the Dayrits, having been told by his teacher that they would be bringing his Last Angel gift to his hospital bed.
The gesture must have lifted the boy’s spirits, especially since he received a second present from PP Freddie Borromeo, chair of the feeding project.
As to PE Jun Jun and Cecille, they were happy to have made the special delivery, and to give Romel and his mother something to smile about at Christmas.