I am sure you all have read about the disaster (Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda) that just occurred in the Philippines. Thankfully I don't have relatives in the areas that were devastated, but lots of my friends have families in those provinces. If you would like to help, the best thing I recommend is to find a Filipino community within your own towns & states and offer help - be it used clothings, personal necessities, etc. Monetary help is always welcome, I suggest you contact your local Red Cross or church on how to funnel the funds to the Philippine Disaster Relief.
My heart breaks when I hear of devastation in this beloved country of ours - the fires in Colorado, the flooding, hurricane Sandy a year ago, yet nothing is more gut-wrenching than seeing the carnage that the typhoon has brought to the Visayan provinces in the Philippines.
I am thankful that our government and other countries have given immediate assistance, and we as individuals are also helping. The greatest help that we all can give is to pray for the people of the Philippines. They are a resilient nation and I am sure they will emerge stronger from this tragedy.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.