by Rachelle Cruz, ABS-CBN News
TORONTO — While many enjoy their newly opened presents this time of year, for others, it’s a time to give back. One Filipina-led organization in Toronto did just that, as they recently prepared to serve a women’s shelter in downtown Toronto.
Jonalyn Linatoc started the Never Give Up Foundation this year, inspired by the Mangyan tribes she grew up alongside in the Philippines.
Jonalyn says she used to play with the Mangyan children, and hoped that one day she could help them.
In 2012, she kept her promise and sent 30 Mangyan children to school.
Today, she continues that same spirit, this time, with her fellow women in Toronto.
“Some of them are battered wives, some are rape victims, really those unfortunate women that needs some support.”
Her foundation collaborated with Fred Victor Women’s Hostel, a charity that fosters long-lasting change in the lives of the homeless and low-income in Toronto.
There, they gave away winter clothes, toiletries, and new sets of pajamas. Charo Corpuz, the foundation’s director, says that being low-income doesn’t just affect a woman’s wallet — it also affects their mental health.
“Because of the situation here in Canada, alam nyo ba yung tipong, kapag wala ka kasing trabaho dito, talagang hindi ka mabubuhay… so some of them psychologically talaga, nagkakaroon sila ng mga problema.”
In the spirit of this Christmas season, volunteers aren’t just sharing clothes but also sharing their talents.
Never Give Up Foundation also helps newcomers with job searches, in managing their finances, and learning about their rights and responsibilities as immigrants.