Just in case you guys were worried about me, seeing all the news about how typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) has devastated the Philippines and all, we are all fine. We braced ourselves for the storm of the year, only to experience just cloudy skies, moderate rainfall, and a little wind.
Yes, Cagayan de Oro was spared this time (and I appreciated the long weekend, I needed that). Others, however, were not so lucky…and later on in this blog I will tell you how you can help them.
I’ve read that the death toll from super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan could reach 10,000. That’s a staggering statistic. There are shocking photos all over the internet of jaw-dropping devastation. Here are just a few of them (Note: none of these photos are mine. I got them from Google)
The house of my uncle, based in Roxas City, Capiz, has also been ravaged by the typhoon. I was heartbroken when I saw what used to be his roof now lay crumbled all over the living room. Thankfully, nobody got seriously hurt, but it breaks my heart nonetheless.
Now here’s where you come in. The rest of this blog entry will feature information on how you can help the victims of super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan. I appeal to your humanitarian hearts to help the Filipino people, especially those in the small seaside town where my father grew up.
Let’s start with the latter, shall we? My cousins are among those at the forefront of helping Capiz get back on its feet. They are accepting donations for their efforts and I humbly ask that if you’d like to help, focus primarily on the efforts of these two. I do not like to give any mobile numbers out here on my blog, so I am going to give links to their Facebook profiles, so that you can contact them through that. Here they are:
(11/14/2013 UPDATE: My cousin has just given me her permission to post her account details here, so you can send cash her way to help the Capiz area. Here it is: Rosleen Ann Alado BDO Jupiter-Reposo branch savings acct number 6940023142. Please email me the amount you give so I can help her track it. Thanks.)
If you want to send help to the Philippines in general and not to any particular area, then here’s how you do it:
If you want to send financial help electronically, you can do so through the Philippine Red Cross. Here’s a link to their page that offers several ways you can send your donations.
For food, clothing, and other types of donations, you may drop them off at any LBC branch in the country or worldwide. You may find a list and contact numbers of all LBC branches worldwide here.
I’d like to end by posting what CNN (or was that a CNN reporter) said about our people. I totally agree, and let’s show this spirit by helping out through the information I gave above. God bless you all.
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