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10 children with critical illness, whose back-to-school wishes are on hold due to the coronavirus, have received care packages of school supplies for their virtual learning along with healthy grocery items to keep them going, all thanks  to our partner supermarket – The Marketplace. Princess, Patrick, Savannah, Ashley, Kevin, Caesar, Joshua, Owa, Kenlyn, and Kim accepted these gifts with great appreciation and a renewed enthusiasm for learning in school.

The Marketplace purposefully handpicked items from their stores and carefully selected nutritious food that will provide energy to the children. They also chose supplies that are not only useful but are also kid-friendly. All gifts are vital for better school performance.

The Marketplace team went to every wish kid’s house to personally deliver the care packages. Each package came with cereals, fresh milk, bread, a bag of rice, fruits, and school materials, among others. The doorstep deliveries brought happiness and joy to the children whose wishes were put on hold given the social isolation restrictions.

A recipient’s mom told Make-A-Wish, “[T]his is the first time in our life that we were able to have this amount of food in our household. My kid is very happy with the pens, notebooks, and other school supplies that will surely help him get good grades when the classes resume. Thank you to Make-A-Wish and The Marketplace!”

The wish granting activity was spearheaded by Marketing Manager, Felin Inolino and she shared, “[A]t The Marketplace, we are delighted to initiate this activity that gives children the chance to look at greater opportunities beyond their illness. We wanted The Marketplace to be a force for good, most especially during this trying period. We hope that through this effort, we inspire our loyal customers, our hardworking staff and the rest of The Marketplace community to help in their own little means, in whatever way they can.”

The pandemic has been especially hard for nonprofit organizations like Make-A-Wish Philippines which rely heavily on donations, yet still continue to operate in this challenging time.

As we all hope to get back to helping people at full capacity, it is very important to have partners who support the Make-A-Wish advocacy like The Marketplace.

“The pandemic extremely affected the education system worldwide, but instead of dwelling in this heartbreaking issue, we wish to focus on how we can extend our support to children in need with the help of our alliances like Make-A-Wish [Foundation],” said Jody Gadia, Managing Director of RRHI’s supermarket segment.

Watch the video below to see how Princess, Patrick, Savannah, Ashley, Kevin, Caesar, Joshua, Owa, Kenlyn, and Kim accepted their healthful presents from The Marketplace with the brightest smiles. Visit The Marketplace for healthy and nutritious back to school treats for your kids and loved ones.


Make-A-Wish Philippines is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes of children with critical illnesses. Donate, volunteer, and create hope for these children today.