The Filipino bayanihan spirit exists everywhere, even overseas. A group of Filipina flight attendants pulled out all the stops in order to help displaced Filipino workers in Riyadh as a result of the lockdown.
It all started from a viral post of Keyzelle Collado showing a picture of people near a trashbin in Riyadh. It said that displaced OFWs, as a result of the lockdown, were already sifting through trash bins to look for food. Flight attendants from Saudia did not only share the post, they decided to help.
Flight attendants Rissy Rodriguez and Mary Grace Castro initiated a fund raising drive. More than just cash, others donated food, medicine, and personal hygiene items.
The flight attendants went on to pack the items like relief goods and they went to the location where these displaced Filipinos were found. A total of 130 bags were distributed, not only to Filipinos but also to other nationalities who were displaced by this lockdown.
To all the Saudia cabin crew who went out their way to help these people, may God bless your hearts.
Flight attendants are trained to ensure the safety of the passengers and to attend to their needs. They are trained to prioritize the lives of others first over their own especially during emergency situations. However, this trait goes beyond the aircraft cabin where they are ready to serve and be of service to people around them, especially for those in need of help.
Our fervent salute goes out to these Saudia cabin crew and may your story inspire more people to always be of service to others, especially in a time when we are united against a single enemy like covid-19.