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Giving new life to preloved items

October 06, 2018 | Donna Sayson

Residents of Doña Pepeng in San Mateo, Rizal sort through the boxes of blankets. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

Story Highlights

  • Tzu Chi Foundation organized a Charity Bazaar at Doña Pepeng multipurpose covered court in Barangay Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal. Proceeds from the event will fund Tzu Chi’s charity programs.

 

“Turn garbage into gold, gold into loving hearts, and Great Love that embraces the world.” 

This is the principle behind Tzu Chi Foundation’s recycling advocacy.

In the morning of October 6, this was once again witnessed when Tzu Chi held a Charity Bazaar at Doña Pepeng multipurpose covered court in Barangay Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal. As early as 7:00 a.m., the team prepared the venue, setting up makeshift counters and arranging items for sale.

While there are brand new items donated by companies or individuals, the items are mostly preloved and came from Tzu Chi’s recycling center. Items on sale range from clothes, bags, shoes, glassware, household items, and kids’ toys.

Proceeds of the bazaar will   fund Tzu Chi’s charity missions.

Volunteer Wang Cheng Fang said the bazaar is one way of spreading the Great Love and teachings of Tzu Chi founder Master Cheng Yen. “Here, items we thought are useless can still become helpful to others. Each customer also contributes to the cause of Great Love as they are willing to help others with every purchase they make,” she said.

The bazaar was packed once it officially opened at 8 o’clock. Approximately 200 people had formed a line outside the venue, patiently awaiting the opening.

Ruby Agramon was one of the residents who showed up early at the bazaar. She took this opportunity to buy household necessities to replace those washed out by Typhoon Karding last August.

“Tzu Chi had helped us in the aftermath of [Typhoons] Ondoy and Karding. Now it’s our chance to help by supporting this bazaar,” she remarked. “Aside from that, we have saved a lot [of money], because the items for sale are almost 10% off the market price. It’s really helpful.”

  • As early as 7 in the morning, Tzu Chi staffs and volunteers teamed up to unload the goods that will be sold at the bazaar. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • Tzu Chi volunteer Wang Cheng Fang leads the team in arranging the items that will be sold. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • Apparels, bags, shoes, glassware, household items, and kids' toys are just some of many items that are on sale at the bazaar. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • As soon as the bazaar officially opened, shoppers dug in the boxes to look for items they need. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • Residents of Doña Pepeng in San Mateo, Rizal troop to Tzu Chi’s charity bazaar on October 6, 2018. Despite the hot weather and packed venue, customers are determined to buyitems they need. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • Ruby Agramon purchases household items to replace those that were lost in the flood brought by Typhoon Karding. Aside from buying the items at low prices, she is happy that the bazaar allows her to be part of a charitable cause. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • The most bought item at the bazaar are clothes. Plenty of customers buy apparels in bulk. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】

  • The children’s section occupies a portion of the covered court. Stuffed toys, puzzles, board games, and assorted school needs are on display here. 【Photo by Donna Sayson】