"We have assumed an undertaking which is indeed superior to our strength. We were brave because to a great extent we were ignorant to the magnitude of our undertaking. But this is the work of God. We may not succeed, but White Cross cannot fail."
These were the words of Mrs. Victoria Lopez de Araneta, founder and president of White Cross, on the Formal Inauguration of the institution on September 10, 1938.
And more than half a century today, these words will vibrate in the hearts and minds of the people who selflessly shared their time and resources in this enormous but noble undertaking.
Conceived as a child welfare institution catering to the children of parents with tuberculosis, White Cross has now blossomed through the years. The humble efforts of a group of civic minded citizens and the undying dedication of the Daughters of Charity are now implanted in the lives of thousands. The continuous growth and increasing number of beneficiaries are living testimonies to all of these.
As it was in the early beginnings, the undertaking still remain superior.
As it was with the forerunners of White Cross, the people behind it now, both religious and laity alike, possess courage and determination, not much out of ignorance, but because it is a work of love.
And today we see this work of God in a child taken care of, a baby being fed, a poor family given hope.
And we say, "They did not fail."
And because of this, White Cross lives on.
When White Cross was established, foremost in the minds of its founders was an institution which will help bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. To make this dream possible, they helped those who were in great need during those times - the children of tubercular patients.
Today, after more than 50 years of arduous work and unceasing dedication, White Cross has now become a multi-faceted organization. Thanks to the generous support of hundreds of benefactors who have seen them through the years.
When this institution was opened in 1937, its service was directed to the children of tuberculosis patients. Today, White Cross welcomes to its fold children of poor unwed mothers, of physically incapacitated parents, of prisoners, of victims of rape or incest. White Cross provides temporary haven for these children.
Holistic Human and Christian Development of its Clients. The uplifting of the quality of life of the low income individuals, families and communities.
Children, ages 0-6 years, of indigent families, unwed mothers, victims of rape or incest, prisoners, physically or mentally incapacitated parents, tuberculosis patients or those of unknown parents.
Residents of Purok Narciso, Rodriguez, Madrigal, SPAC and Paltok of Brgy. Corazon de Jesus in the vicinity of White Cross Children's Home.
"...White Cross is something more than a mere crusading unit in the present national fight against the white plague. It is the response to the inner and subtle call of God that we make our life richer in good deeds; it is the expression of our sincere desire as humble citizens to help in the building of a new, happy and strong nation; it is the call to the more fortunate elements of this country to have a better understanding of the problems of the laboring class..." (excerpt from the speech delivered by Mrs. Victoria Lopez de Araneta on the Formal Inauguration of White Cross on September 10, 1938)
Be part of this undertaking and share in the goodness of God to the less fortunate of our society. White Cross welcomes donations in cash and in kind. There are other ways and means of helping like :
Please send your donations to: White Cross, Inc. 276 Santolan Road, San Juan, Metro Manila or call 724-2145 or email email@example.com