Marikina parishes gather school supplies for needy

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Fr. Dari Dioquino. He took charge of home for the aged Kanlungan ni Maria in Antipolo for over 10 years. (Photo grabbed from his Facebook)

MANILA, Sept. 2, 2015— Three parishes in Marikina are currently sourcing school supplies for at least 10, 000 less fortunate primary school pupils.

The parishes of Antonio de Padua, Nativity of Our Lady, and the Immaculate Concepcion are accepting much-needed school items starting September, said Fr. Dari Dioquino, Immaculate Concepcion assistant parish priest.

Every month, the three parishes will ask for donations for a particular school need until supplies are sufficient, he said.

Brand new school stuff

For September, they are asking for brand new or slightly used pencils, said Dioquino, who took charge of a home for the aged in Antipolo for over 10 years.

According to the priest, the parishes will also ask for other basic school needs, like bag, paper, notebooks, erasers, and scissors for the following months.

Church-goers can bring the items on Sundays, Dioquino said, noting that as much as possible materials should be brand new or slightly used.

Poor Luzon kids

Recipients of the project are indigent primary school kids in Luzon, he said. Specific recipient communities and schools have yet to be determined.

But Dioquino asssured beneficiaries will be the poorest of the poor.

Lay people, who prefer to remain anonymous, are passionately supporting the project, he said.

The said project will roll out across the country once it gets the necessary support to reach a bigger number of indigent school kids, the priest said. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)

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