Back in the Philippines, we grew up doing kris kringle during the holiday season.
For a long time, I haven’t done it. Overseas, it is unlikely we have like-minded people doing secret Santa (some don’t even celebrate Christmas or have a religious affiliation). Besides, we don’t get to spend Christmas together to make a run for it unless we start in November before we head off to our families for the holidays.
So gift-giving and to keep it suspenseful is not always possible. But this year, because of the pandemic, I get to join one of my #rotaryclub organized virtual party. Not bad for someone alone in Kampala.
The objective is to support the local food business in my city. Because of the pandemic, many companies closed down, and those still open are barely making profits. It was a noble idea; it may not be a lot, but yet it warms one’s heart knowing that the gift you received supported another person or business. Like what we always say in rotary #serviceaboveself, that’s why I joined in.
Of course, I didn’t get to taste the #peri-peri chicken sent by the one that got my name, but I’m sure my family enjoyed it. Thanks to our #TransformingPresident Jeannette who picked my name 😊
Who would have thought that a simple virtual post-Christmas party is an opportunity to help our local businesses like when I am doing online shopping here.