Beyond the intricate helmets and armor and gaudy outfits, costumers and cosplayers wish to bring their unique talents and skills to bring happiness to the ones who need it the most. More than just a hobby they are passionate about, they have sought to make a difference in society as they banded together with altruistic groups to bring an early Christmas to the children confined at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.
Organized by the group Heroes of Hope, this special event has been carefully and thoughtfully prepared for months in advance, culminating in the hospital visit one fine Sunday morning, much to the surprise and delight of patients and hospital staff alike. The East Avenue Medical Center is a 600-bed government hospital in Quezon City, catering to people from all walks of life who need medical care. Thousands of people pass through is doors every day, and its staff are dedicated to see to it that they have their needs met.
When people see costumers and cosplayers at events, they are already at their best form. They probably are unaware of course of the meticulous preparation they go through to look their best. The participants had time to prepare at the pediatric office. More than just any other event they go to, costumers and cosplayers want to look as convincing as possible to their audience.
Once ready, they were split into two groups as they made their rounds of all the rooms of the pediatric ward. Most from Heroes of Hope have already taken part in several other such events while some were new and were anxious and nervous, not knowing what to expect.
They went inside the rooms and got to share some time with the patients and their families there. Some of the young patients there for a long time already, suffering from various ailments. It was sad that most of them will get to spend their Christmas there. The costumers and cosplayers then took on the challenge of bringing some smiles into wards.
Costumers and cosplayers helped distribute gifts by well-meaning groups to the children as well as accepted many requests to have their photos taken with them. More importantly, the participants got to share some words of encouragement to the children and their families, with wishes and prayers for their recovery.
After doing the rounds, group photos were taken, and the lull gave time to the costumers and cosplayers to spend some time together. They don’t always have the opportunity to meet, so they took the chance to get acquainted with one another and take photos of one another.
When the costumers and cosplayers went back to base, they were pleasantly surprised to see great food prepared by good Samaritans, and they were all of course welcome and very appreciated. It gave everyone the chance to recharge, refresh and spend more time together.
Many thanks to the groups of kind souls and Good Samaritans who helped in a big way to make this hospital visit a success as they have made a lot of children happy as they brought an early Christmas to the patients and their families. Many thanks to Heroes of Hope and Marc for organizing this successful event that made countless smiles that day. May it inspire other costumers and cosplayers to share what they have and what they can to do good for others.
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