CHRONICLE PULSE: What Is The Greatest Gift You Can Give To Others This Christmas?

Nikka Aquino MD, Aiea
“It’s been a challenging year, a quite different one to be honest. With uncertainty of what’s in store for next year, the greatest gift one can give is the act of LOVE. The warmth of receiving such act brings smiles and comfort to any person, any community, and home.”

Dr. Emma Avilla, Kakaako
“In the spirit of imitating St. Ignatius of Loyola, I implore the Lord to teach me to be more generous of my time, talent and treasure. To give selflessly without expecting anything in return. To serve without seeking rest, or to look for what is comfortable and convenient for me. Lastly, to toil without counting the cost and know deep in my heart that I am performing God’s will.”

Constante Domingo,
“The greatest gift I can give to others this Christmas is my ardent prayers that all of us will overcome this COVID-19 pandemic problem, that God will always be with us. I also pray that the vaccine will be available soon. As the saying goes, “There is always light at the end of a tunnel.””

Evangeline Endrina, Hawaii Kai 
“2020 started with a new beautiful and promising beginning, until one month later the whole world was hit hard with a horrible pandemic famously known as COVID-19. Since then, people’s life has changed worldwide. What is the greatest gift I can give to others this Christmas? HOPE and FAITH, that we’re going to get through all of this hurdle together. We are Hawaii, we have Ohana and Aloha. Maligayang Pasko or in Hawaii we say, Mele Kalikimaka!”

Brenna Flores, Waipahu
“The greatest give I can give to others this Christmas is the gift of compassion. Compassion can be given through donations to the salvation army when shopping at the grocery store or by donating money to non-profits during this time. The gift of compassion can also be given through the act of physically giving money or a meal to those unfortunate on the side of the road. In addition to those, the gift of compassion can be given by simply smiling or saying, “Happy holidays!” to those you come in contact with. Now more than ever, the gift of compassion is crucial and there are so many little ways we can give this genuine gift.”

Bryan Aaron Ganzon, Escondido, California
“This year, we will be celebrating Christmas in a different way all thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the canceled family gatherings and celebrations, the greatest gift I can give this Christmas to my loved ones is my time and love either through a phone call or through video conferencing. It is something that is precious and valuable that no other kind of gift can compare to.”

Dr. Celia Lamkin, Saipan, USA
“If I had the power to do so, I would give others this Christmas a desire to do the right thing by having faith, hope and charity. Faith gives us the strength to continue. Hope gives us the reason to continue. And charity gives us a chance to help others along the way. If we all tried to do what is right, this world will be a wonderful place.”

Tiffany Marie Salvador, Waipahu
“I believe the greatest gift that I can give to others this Christmas is my time. This pandemic has allowed me to reconnect with others that I’ve lost touch with over the past few years. As a previous healthcare worker, I was always scheduled to work on holidays, which prevented me from spending time with my family and friends. This year, I decided to lessen my load and now that I’m working from home, it’s helped me to appreciate the simpler things in life. I always look forward to creating memories and spending time with family and friends. Life is precious, so we should spend it with our loved ones.” 

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