THE US CITY of Rockford has declared every August 25 as Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation Day, barely a month since it hosted the “Aid to Humanity” that benefited hundreds of residents there.
The FYM Foundation is the charitable arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ).
The Aid to Humanity distributed 1,100 backpacks of school supplies and slightly used winter wear, and conducted free health screenings in Rockford. Ten local organizations were each offered $5,000 donations to assist them in the impactful work they were accomplishing in the community of Rockford.
The Rockford City proclamation applauded the FYM Foundation for “their generous gifts and on their many years of spreading good will,” according to Mayor Thomas McNamara.
Eduardo Javier, who accepted the proclamation on behalf of the FYM Foundation, thanked McNamara and the City Government and all those behind it. “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks, first and foremost to the Mayor of the City of Rockford Mayor McNamara, and to all of the members of the Council. Rest assured, as promised by the Church Of Christ, we will always be a partner to the City of Rockford, Illinois in fighting against poverty.”
“This proclamation, FYM Foundation Day, will be part of Iglesia Ni Cristo history as we celebrate the 105th anniversary of the Church and as we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of our Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. More power to the City of Rockford, Illinois,” Javier said.
Dino Bunag, District Supervising Minister of the 36 congregations across the northern Midwest area, also praised the Rockford City Government for the proclamation. “We are humbly honored to see the goodwill of the FYM Foundation and the Church Of Christ be acknowledged by the City of Rockford, but more importantly we are thankful to God that the Church has been able to positively impact the lives of the residents of not only Rockford, not only Illinois, but throughout the Midwest,” Bunag said.
Earlier this summer, the Aid to Humanity tour, of which Rockford was the 9th and last stop, swept the nation providing immediate relief aid to communities, and donations to dozens of organizations on the ground – from the Mexican border-town in San Diego County to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona; from the San Francisco Bay Area to Seattle; and from Los Angeles to New York; and from Memphis’ poorest zip code to just outside the nation’s capital in Maryland. (With additional reporting from the Zamboanga Post.)
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