Netizens chipped in to give teacher-turned-seller sari-sari store supplies after losing her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teacher Eloisa Gicar earned sympathy from netizens after her photos selling food in the street of Quezon City circulated on social media.
This prompted Ayla Conda to encourage her fellow members from the Facebook group Quarantine Tribute Tips to chip in any amount for the teacher.
“I saw her viral photo po somewhere, then I remembered my lolo. He was a retired principal kasi so sabi ko (I thought) let’s help Teacher Eloisa. May special place sa akin ang mga teacher (Teachers have a special place for me),” Conda told Manila Bulletin.
Conda was able to collect P5,500 from the group.
“Madami pong nag-reach out, yung iba same reason sa akin why they wanted to help. Mga parents nila retired teacher ganun, pero mostly ang reason nag-aambagan kami kasi ayaw namin may taong nale-left behind ngayon pandemic, hangga’t kayang tulungan go lang (A lot of people reached out to me, some of them have the same reason as me. Their parents are retired teacher, but mostly the reason we pitched in is because we don’t want any person getting left behind this pandemic, so as long as we can help other people, we’ll do it),” Conda shared.
“She was so joyful before kami pumunta kasi (before we went to [her house]) she’s excited for her sari-sari store,” she added.
Gicar, who is also suffering from bell’s palsy, used to own a small private school in Caloocan City which was forced to permanently close down after the school struggled to adapt to the online setup and the shortage of enrolees.
Conda said that they were also able to raise money for Teacher Eloisa’s medicine and milk.
“[M]alaking tulong itong sari-sari store kasi hindi na nya kailangan maglako ng paninda. Sa bahay na lang sya kasi delikado na for her na lumabas kasi she’s a senior already and vulnerable sya (The sari-sari store would help her a lot because she would no longer need to peddle her goods in the street. It would make her stay at home because it’s risky for her to go outside since she’s already a senior and vulnerable),” she added.