A couple of weeks ago I told you about the children at my daughters’ School who contributed to our Band of Brothers used stuff animal drive for the kids on the island of Molocaboc in the Philippines, which was recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The drive was an amazing success and we received close to 800 used stuffed animals and toys which were then sent to Principal Roger Rochar, who put some of them in the Tree of Hope, which symbolizes a partnership between the USA and Philippines to rebuild Molocaboc. Band of Brothers also contributed to a holiday party which provided food to 860 kids and 150 volunteers.
I received an email from Roger telling me how happy the children were to receive the stuffed animals and toys, and just in time for Christmas. The best part was, according to Roger, none of the kids who received a toy thought they could keep it.
They smiled so big and were thrilled to be given a toy, even though they were under the assumption they had to give it back after a few hours of play. You can imagine the absolute joy and delight these kids felt when they were told, “No, you can keep that. That is your toy to keep forever.” It was one of the best Christmases Roger and the children had ever experienced.
A big thanks again to Principal Todd Schmidt, local Girl Scout leader Courtney Richards and her 4th grade troop, parent leaders at school, along with all 446 children at Harbor View Elementary School in Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, California for making this holiday special for the kids of Molocaboc who sure needed something to smile about.
Troy Mikulka is the Founder of the Band of Brothers Foundation. His passion for starting Band of Brothers was fed by his experiences of living a very modest childhood and his eye-opening view of the real world during his travels as helicopter crew in the United States Marines. Troy believes that with success comes a responsibility to balance your privileged life with a serious effort to put your scratch on improving the world for others.
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