On Christmas Day, many of us woke to the sound of laughter as children opened their Christmas gifts. Many had spent the night of partying, enjoying the revelry that lasted till the wee hours. But for 571 families, Christmas day on 2018 will long be remembered as the day the lost their home and belongings in a fire that razed over 430 homes. Instead of laughter, it was tears. Instead of partying, it was fighting a fire in the wee hours of the morning. Scrambling to get their precious belongings away from the path of the fire. Indeed, how cruel can fate be when even the little that they have are taken away? How does one ever recover from such a blow? When representatives of District 3700 of Korea asked us to help organize a volunteer project for them, we identified several areas that could benefit from their donation of time and resources. The area of Sitio Buli was chosen because the process of re-blocking and marking of demarcation lines were done and rebuilding efforts can start. Closely coordinating with LGU and DWUP representatives, we were able to determine the materials most needed by homeowners. Based on the budget set aside by our partners, we were able to determine the quantities to be distributed to augment what has been given to them by the city government. Sadly, we couldn’t meet the needs of all homeowners and we realized even our combined efforts could only go so far. Our initial concern with crowd control were unfounded as the residents of the area followed instructions and were marshalled by their own community leaders. What followed upon arrival was almost 2 hours of sorting and unloading sheets of plywood, bundles of steel bars, bags of cement, and assorted packs of nails. Another line also formed as residents were given various humanitarian supplies like toiletries, towels, reading glasses, and other essentials. At the end of the morning, we found ourselves exhausted, our throats parched, sunburnt and dirty. Yet all the discomfort didn’t bother us because we knew what we felt was nothing compared to the difficulties they had been through. We are thankful for the opportunity to work together with our fellow Rotarians from Korean. For many of them, it was their first time to see so much misery and poverty. Yet in the midst of this all, they were inspired by the friendliness and smiles of the community. As the residents walked away with their treasure, be it construction materials or humanitarian supplies, their smile and gratitude was apparent. It made me pause and realize it was not what they received that mattered most. For what we gave was only a pittance of what they needed. But perhaps it made them happy because it reinforced the message of hope. That in spite of what had befallen them, good days can still trickle in. And for one who has lost everything, even a trickle makes a difference.