Through the Lens of Compassion: Operation Blessing’s Fight against COVID-19

For weeks now, the nation has been obliged to live a life of “new normal” amid COVID-19.

Vulnerable families and individuals were greatly affected by the pandemic. Some lost their jobs; others lost their loved ones.

Health workers and other frontliners are risking their lives with hopes of saving one.

You can help them by supporting CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), in the fight against COVID-19.

Here are some of the moments captured by the OB Team when they reached out to public and private hospitals and vulnerable communities all around the country:

“We’re very much grateful because we know how critical the situation isyet you still remembered us here living in the mountains,” said Felix Acayin, while looking into the contents of the food pack they received from OB. Their family is part of the Dumagats, an indigenous group residing in Rizal, OB is reaching out to through its Bless-A-Child program.

Food packs were also given to the deaf and mute kababayans in Parañaque. Aside from nourishment to the body, they also received prayers and words of encouragement to help uplift their spirits!

Operation Blessing also paid a visit to the Victory Fort Bonifacio in Taguig that serves as a temporary housing facility for frontline healthcare workers who live far from the hospital where they work.  

Health workers from St. Lukes Medical Center in BGC and Rizal Medical Center received preventive care kits which includes soap, face shield, face mask, and alcohol.

Meanwhile, this crisis has also taught the people that service workers are one of the most important workforces. They cannot afford to get sick at a time like this so Operation Blessing handed over preventive care kits to these unsung heroes, to help protect and boost their immune system.

The Armed Forced of the Philippines, guards, and volunteers who were manning the checkpoints also received preventive care kits and oranges from our partner, NICE inContact.

Farmers who find it difficult to take their produce to the market due to the quarantine are also having a hard time feeding their own families.

Because of your continuous support, a group of farmers in Tuy, Batangas received food packs and preventive care kits that they can bring home to their families.

Aside from them, social workers in Valenzuela who are dedicated to assisting families-in-need also received their share of blessing.

They received preventive care kits to ensure their protection so that they can continue to serve those who need their helping hands. 

Barangay workers from Zone 75 in Manila were also given preventive care kits. They, too, are frontliners who provide immediate services to the community.

More of our kababayans from different sectors need your help, now more than ever. You can reach them out by supporting Operation Blessing’s nonstop relief efforts.  

Be part of the fight against COVID-19 by sending your donations through the following: 

Paypal ([email protected]) 

GCash (Operation Blessing) 

BANK 

(Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.) 

BDO PH: 0030000-55279 (PhP Savings), BDO U.S.: 103000-113-333 ($ Savings) 

BPI PH: 3001-0040-33 (PhP Current) 

METROBANK PH: 270-3-27050273-4 (PhP Savings), METROBANK U.S.: 270-2-27000282-4 

UNION BANK PH: 00-216-072163-9 (PhP Current), UNION BANK U.S.: 13-216-000170-0 ($ Savings)

For more information, visit the Operation Blessing Foundation Facebook page.

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How Can You Help Kids Cope with COVID-19?

Quarantine. Social distancing. COVID-19.

These words might sound confusing or overwhelming for children and may cause them fear and stress. In difficult times like this, kids need extra love, care, and attention.

Are you looking for ways to help your kids cope with COVID-19? Here are some tips, from OperationSAFE International:

1. Ask the kids how they feel

Ask, “How do you feel about our situation?”

Not every child can voice out what is going on in his or her head instantly. Ask how kids feel about the current situation and assure them that should they need someone to talk to, you’re always willing to listen. Listen closely to their concerns and respond in a supportive way.

2. Explain what’s happening in a way they can understand.

Ask, “What questions do you have?”

Speak calmly and provide clear information about what is happening. Try to explain in words kids can easily understand. Address their questions. It is also equally important to teach them about how they can reduce the risk of being infected by COVID-19.

3. Admit your concerns, but stress your ability to cope

Say, “Don’t worry. We’ll get through this together.”

As a parent, letting your children know how you feel about COVID-19 can help validate their feelings. Be truthful, yet calm; honest yet reassuring. Remind them that despite the situation, your family will get through this together.

4. Reassure them with a hug

Ask, “Can I give you a hug?”

Amid COVID-19, you are your child’s biggest supporter. Aside from lifting them up with encouraging words, giving them a warm embrace is another way to make them feel safe and loved. Your nurturing touch is like a blanket that covers them and makes them feel secure.

5. Spend extra time with them.

Ask, “What do you want to do today?”

Spending time with your kids is a good opportunity to model a positive disposition in the middle of this crisis. Playing, cooking, and doing chores together will surely help strengthen your bond with each other.

6. Re-establish your daily routine for school, play, meals, etc.

Say, “It’s okay. Things will be better soon.”

Whether it’s time for breakfast, exercise, play, or household chores, maintaining your children’s daily routine can help protect their physical and emotional well-being. It’s like telling them that things will get back to normal eventually.

7. Involve them and let them be a part of the recovery.

Ask, “Can we pray?”

Aside from reminding your children that medical frontliners are doing their best to fight the pandemic, allowing them to be a part of the recovery can help, too. Encourage them to write thank you letters for frontliners or help pack foods to be given away to neighbors who are in need. Most importantly, teaching them to pray for their family, for others, and for the country is one of the best ways to guide their spiritual journey.

As a parent, you might also feel challenged in taking care of your little ones because of your own worries and questions about the pandemic.

But you don’t have to fear for God is with you (Isaiah 41:10). Remember that you can always ask Him to help and equip you as you go through this season. He will protect you and give you the wisdom that you need to take good care of your loved ones.

As Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Do you need someone to pray for you and your children right now? You may send your prayer requests to the CBN Asia Facebook page.

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