Student opens his “alkansya” to help his classmates in need amid COVID-19 crisis

  • Jerik “Ninio” Paiwas of Bacolod City opened his piggy bank to help his classmates in need
  • It started when he received a text message from a classmates asking for food
  • With the help of his aunt and other family members, Jerik was able to help over 150 families in need

A kind grade school student didn’t hesitate to open his own piggy bank just so he can help his classmates in need.

Image by DepEd Philippines via Facebook

Jerik “Ninio” Paiwas of Education Training Center School 1 in Bacolod City impressed his family, classmates and even the Department of Education (DepEd) when he showed how one small act of kindness can have an impact to many.

On DepEd’s official Facebook account, they shared the inspiring story of Jerik’s generosity. The student was saving his allowance inside a small piggy bank because he planned to buy his classmates gifts on Christmas Day.

Jerik’s plans changed when he received a text message from a classmate asking for some food to eat. Jerik, who is a Taekwondo champion asked his mother to give his prize to his classmate’s family. Unfortunately, his mom said the winning prize was already used in preparation for Jerik’s supposed Regional Athletic Meet.

Image by DepEd Philippines via Facebook

Jerik felt bad that he couldn’t help his classmate. So he decided to open his piggy bank instead and gave away his P1,500 savings.

“Natuwa ako sa ginawa ng anak ko kaya kinuhanan ko siya ng picture at sinend ko sa mga kamag-anak at kaibigan namin,” Jerik’s mother Nancy said.

With the help of his aunt and other family members, Jerik was able to help several families in need.

“Noong lumaban kasi siya sa Korea, namigay ang mga schoolmate niya ng mga barya-barya bilang suporta sa kanya. Napakalaking tulong ‘yun noon para sa amin. Kaya natutuwa kami na marunong magbalik si Ninio ng blessings,” Mama Nancy added.

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