Church Wants Your Unused Items to Benefit the Poor

Do you have stored in your bodega an unused sofa, plates, bottles, clothes or anything of value that you no longer need? If you have, then the Diocese of Virac would be glad to unburden you of the task of throwing them out to rot.

Gift giving on less privilege kids in Catanduanes. Last Feb. 25, the Diocese of Virac Social Action Foundation, Inc. (DVSAFI) launched the Segunda Mana, a unique fund-raising project that collects items people don’t need – used or unused – which have value and may be sold.

The project will accept old or used things that still have value, new items that people don’t need or have too much of, damaged items that are still repairable, old stocks or stocks for disposal. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items will fund DVSAFI’s programs for the poor, Executive Director Rev. Fr. Laudermer Jose A. Gapaz said.

Also known as Caritas in Kind, the project’s title is derived from the term "Segunda Mano" or secondhand. "With the twist of the last vowel of the word, we wanted to emphasize a deeper and more Christian act of love: that of giving something as `pamana’," Fr. Gapaz stressed.

He added that Segunda Mana is inspired by the spirituality of stewardship, which as a way of life challenges every human being to serve others using the gifts they have received. "Since everything we have comes from God, our attitude must not only consist of gratitude but also of a deep sense of love especially for those who are most in need," the DVSAFI in-charge explained.

Those who wish to do away with the unused clutter in their homes should just contact DVSAFI at their office at the ground floor of the ICSA building in Virac, or call 811-1204 or 0929-5282464 for details on how to make the unique donation. - March 07, 2009

source: Catanduanes Tribune