On its 25th year, McDonalds gives back with the Davao Digital Influencers through a McDo Kiddie Crew workshop for kids of Balay Pasilungan, a shelter located in Datu Bago, Bankerohan, Davao City which provides a shelter for street children particularly street boys until 15 years old. It was founded in 1989 by Fr. Pat Devlin, a Marist priest from the Society of Mary – Marist Fathers.
“Now on its 25th year, McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop is McDonald’s flagship family program that gives kids an opportunity to experience in-store restaurant training and learn time-tested values such as teamwork, hard work, discipline, responsibility, and sharing.”
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Last April 5, 2017, the Davao Digital Influencers or #TeamDDI had a meaningful opportunity to witness and experience the fun and learning through the McDo Kiddie Crew workshop of the street kids of Balay Pasilungan.
I personally saw the excitement on the faces of these young boys as they experience being a kiddie crew of McDo. The genuine smiles and excitement that we saw on their faces was priceless. They were also happy and excited to be able to dine inside McDo which for some of them was actually a first time experience.
The smiles of those customers they actually served at the McDo drive-thru was also a sign of the joy they shared with people for that short time that they had during the workshop.
After the tour at the dining area, counter and drive thru section, the kids went back upstairs for the next part of the program. Then they were treated to a cheeseburger snack that they made themselves as part of the kiddie crew workshop…
As well as indulge in the delicious Oreo sundae that they also made themselves given the ingredients provided. The media partners from #TeamDDI were also given the chance to make our own cheeseburger and Oreo sundae together with the boys of Balay Pasilungan.
Of course, we are also kids at heart who were happy and excited to have experienced it. I have never been a McDo Kiddie Crew unlike my son who had participated in it one summer a few years ago when he was much younger.
The kids then were taught to do the really fun Ronald McDonald dance.
It’s always fun to watch kids dance to the fun music. I think every kid who has attended the McDo kiddie crew knows the dance. I even remember dancing to this with my kid years ago when he took part of the workshop in McDo Abreeza.
At the end of the event, DDI was given this thank you note from Balay Pasilungan. It warms our heart and brought tears to my eyes to read this simple message of appreciation and gratefulness for the joy and happiness we shared with McDo to the boys of this Davao shelter for street children. Personally, I wish these children will feel the love of the society and they will be able to give back love to the society as well.
Please help us pray for these children in particular that their journey in life will always be guided properly leading to the right path. That they will grow and become part of a good community in our society as talented individuals with a good heart, soul and mind. May they all find a good meaning and purpose in life and in time give back positively too to the society.
God bless you always, children and all the people helping and serving the Balay Pasilungan!
Thank you to Sir Ross Manicad and McDonald’s Philippines for partnering with the Davao Digital Influencers in this meaningful event! God bless you all!