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Lyca Gairanod and Marco Masa donate their favorite toys for Christmas

Lyca Gairanod and Marco Masa spearhead nationwide drive to collect gifts for the less fortunate.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

FRESH SCOOPS

11/20/2015 5:06 AM
Lyca Gairanod and Marco Masa donate their favorite toys for Christmas


111915-LYCAMARCO_main.jpgThis coming Christmas, it looks like the Kapamilya network’s youngest stars are not just getting ready to receive gifts but look forward to sharing them as well. In partnership with Jollibee’s 21st Maaga ang Pasko, the country’s longest running annual toy and book drive, these junior artists are spearheading the donation drive with the title of Jolly Toy Scouts. These include Marco Masa, The Voice Kids Philippines Season 1 grand winner Lyca Gairanod and finalist Darlene Vibares, and Goin’ Bulilit kids Angelo Alayon, JM Gacayan, and Belle Mariano. The new batch of Jolly Toy Scouts hope to inspire other kids like them to share their pre-loved toys and books to make other kids happy.

During the various campaign launches held nationwide, these kids donated their own toys and books. 10-year-old Lyca Gairanod’s contribution was her favorite teddy bear. “It’s important to me because it was given by a fan. I always have this doll beside me when I sleep at night because it’s one of my favorites,” she admitted.

Eleven-year-old Darlene Vibares gave away a coloring storybook that her beloved grandfather gave to her. “I learned how to read through this book,” she said. “I hope whoever receives it enjoys the stories as much as I did.” Like Darlene, JM also donated a gift for budding bookworms. “My wish is that like me, another child gets to benefit from reading this book,” he added.

For Marco Masa, he chose to donate a cherished toy plane that his older brother gave to him. “I really love this toy but I want to make other kids happy this Christmas, so I am donating it,” he said. Goin’ Bulilit’s Angalo Alayon hopes to make a fellow toy car lover happier this Christmas. “This car and train were given by my daddy when I was four years old. To whoever receives them, merry Christmas!” he said. His co-star Belle Mariano chose to donate a ball that gave her good memories. “I won this in an arcade game for my little brother,” she said. “He has grown bigger now and is interested in other toys, so I thought other younger kids would appreciate it more,” she explained.

The Jolly Toy Scouts were joined by Jollibee Kids Club (JKC) members from Jollibee branches in Tanza, Cavite, Walter Mart in North EDSA, Guiguinto Highway in Bulacan, Ayala Cebu, Gaisano Tibungco in Davao, and Amang Rodriguez in Pasig City, who all shared their pre-loved toys and books to the Maaga ang Pasko campaign.

Apart from leading the donations, the Jolly Toy Scouts also delighted kids and kids-at-heart with their performances of favorite Christmas carols. They even performed a special number with the Jollibee mascot to put the audience in a festive holiday mood. The stars pledged to help make the holiday season more meaningful, leading the JKC members in putting their names in the commitment wall to help inspire other kids and kids-at-heart to follow suit.