Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Billboard -

SM City Ca­gayan de Oro, SM CDO Down­town Pre­mier to­gether with SM Foun­da­tion turned over 700 Bears of Joy to the Marawi chil­dren in Lanao del Norte, Ili­gan and Marawi evac­u­a­tion cen­ters.

The SM Bears of Joy is a pro­ject of SM Cares, which is the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of SM Su­permalls.

The pro­ject en­cour­aged SM shop­pers to pur­chase a pair of plush bears, one of which they keep and the other to give for do­na­tion to the less priv­i­leged chil­dren in the com­mu­nity.

“We were all hum­bled with how ap­pre­cia­tive the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were,” SM Foun­da­tion As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent for Out­reach and Liveli­hood Cristie Angeles said. “The bears brought a smile to the chil­dren’s faces” she added.

Ms Angeles also em­pha­sized that the bears will help the chil­dren in evac­u­a­tion cen­ters re­lieve stress from a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Last year, SM malls na­tion­wide were able to give more than 16,000 Bears of Joy to 47 com­mu­ni­ties through­out the coun­try.

This year, the com­pany wishes to share more through the gen­er­ous par­tic­i­pa­tion of SM shop­pers.

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