The lockdown of the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage COVID-19 prompts calls for donations

A facade of the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage in San Miguel, Manila. (Tomenbang / Ursua / Villapando via CC BY-SA 3.0)

Social media users are calling for donations for an island relief facility in Manila that has been banned due to the number of COVID-19 cases.

The Catholic radio station Radyo Veritas reported Thursday that 14 employees and four elderly residents of the Hospicio de San Jose orphanage got infected with the virus.

One of the seniors has already died.

Therefore, everyone in the compound will be swab tested and no one will be allowed out.

The orphanage that was run by the Sisters of the Daughters of Charityis located on Isla de Convalecencia, a small island surrounded by the Pasig River.

Access is only possible via the Ayala Bridge in the San Miguel neighborhood of Manila.

According to the report, the nuns fear that their supplies will not be sufficient for the 450 people in the orphanage, including children and the elderly, during the lockdown.

“They are running out of food because no one donates for them and the sisters are worried about the children and elders,” read a Facebook post from the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño-Tondo.

“You appeal to your kind generosity. Sister Marce prefers in-kind assistance, especially with food. The babies and elders need diapers. Children need milk, ”he added.

One volunteer student said donations in kind are particularly appreciated, which can be in the form of groceries such as canned goods, infant formula, milk for babies, toddlers and adults, rice, bread and pasta.

Hygiene kits would also be welcome, including diapers, medication, and medical equipment such as personal protective suits and face masks.

In the meantime, Filipinos used social media to raise funds for the orphanage, especially since there is no Facebook page of their own.

HOW MUCH IS 88 PESOS?

Hello everyone, I am moved to answer the call for donations for the Hospice orphanage Hospicio de San Jose. There are more or less 450 people – children, the elderly and employees – in lockdown. We’re trying to round up some resources so we can donate pic.twitter.com/yNG3dDDM0s

– XPO, JD. 🧈 (@XyzaPaola) April 29, 2021

“30 packaged groceries a day, as long as our resources last. Ang Isang Food Pack ay Nagkakahalaga ng 88 Pesos. A little help goes a long way. We will publish the fruits of your donations here to ensure full transparency, ”said Twitter user @XyzaPaola.

“If you’ve been moved as I am (kahit kalabit ‘yan, yun na rin’ yon) please PM me for more details,” she added.

Another Twitter user encouraged Filipinos who have the option to donate to drop them off directly at the orphanage.

‼ R Urgent appeal for donations in kind‼ ️

Food and water
Milk (without a prescription) and diapers for the children
Breast milk for the infants

You can click this link for their location: Hospicio de San Jose
(02) 8734 2366https: //t.co/3lpvKXD26N. You can deliver donations directly to them. https://t.co/laLZtByssc

– Michelle (@ChiliMedley) April 29, 2021

The Sanctuary of the Archdiocese of Santo Niño-Tondo said that interested parties can forward the donations to Sister Marcelita Catarina DC in the Hospicio de San José, Ayala Bridge, Quiapo, San Miguel, Manila.

She can be reached on 0908 865 0251, 0945 481 8930 and by email at [email protected]

Monetary donations can also be sent through the BPI MH Del Pilar office, Hospicio de San Jose (8103-0986-62) or the Metrobank UN Avenue office, Hospicio de San Jose (175-3-17550678-1).

Individuals are asked to email their payment slips to [email protected] so that an official receipt can be issued to them.

The orphanage can also be reached at 873-42366.

The Hospicio de San Jose is the first social welfare office in the country that has been a home for orphans, people with special needs and the elderly throughout its history.

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