In these trying times of pandemic, each has a story of resilience, coping, and survival.
There are those who slowly trying to get back on their feet to live again; there are people who continue to serve amidst the impending risk; and there are those who are hard in life but continue to find ways to survive.
And there are those who find new purpose in life with the resources that they have -- and that is to bring a message of hope, appreciation, and happiness for those who stand in the frontline for our safety through a cup of coffee for free.
If there are people who are much exhausted these days and if there are people whom we should thank for our protection, we owe it all to our medical healthworkers and essential frontliners.
That’s why it became a vision of this homegrown little coffee business in Paoay called “Get Caffeinated PH” owned by Lemuel Joshua Bagayas - an engineer by profession with coffee as a passion, to bring cheers to hardworking frontliners dubbed “Project Gift of Cheer”.
“This project started on the first week of August, when the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province is starting. We started this by giving free coffee to our vaccination team in Paoay, where our shop is located, to give appreciation to their hard work,” said Bagayas.
This initiative has benefited those who are considered as frontliners in the hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, banks, groceries, and local government units.
“We want to do our part in uplifting the spirits of our frontliners. It has been very overwhelming for all of us but we want to give them a message of hope that they are not alone in fighting this battle. A simple gesture of giving out a cup of coffee is not much for us, but it really has a great impact on them,” added Bagayas.
Moreover, this little project has extended as far as Gumaca, Quezon, giving a sweet treat to medical frontliners who continue to hold the ropes in this battle against the unseen enemy.
Aside from providing a cup of happiness to frontliners, another purpose that the young entrepreneur has in putting up their non-profit project is to uplift the lives of the coffee farmers whom they have partnered as their direct source of supplies.
With an aim to reach more beneficiaries, Bagayas shared they are currently raising funds for next distributions and they are hoping this project will push through until December.
“Hoping marami kaming ma-tap na willing to partner with us through this project,” said Bagayas.
Through some people’s generosity, more frontliners and more essential workers are envisioned to be reached and be provided with a little cup of cheer to ease their anxieties, exhaustion, and sadness brought by this long battle against COVID-19.
While in a pandemic, let’s create a world cheerfully thriving with one cup of coffee at a time. (JCR/AMB/MJATB/PIA Ilocos Norte)