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Help for Typhoon victims in the Philippines

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.

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on November 12, 2013 at 8:27pm

Our church is going to collect and send proceeds to 700 Club who has a mission there.

Comment by Terry F on November 12, 2013 at 3:38pm
My favorite nurse from my recent hospital stay is from the Philippines, and most of her family is still there. I have been thinking about her and praying her family is safe. Thank you for letting us know how to help. So many dead and injured........
Comment by Shannon, ON on November 12, 2013 at 8:00am

good to know. i have taught many kids from Philippino families and they are wonderful sweet kids. love them. one of our churches here has a large congregation and they are collecting clothing, food, and money. I will probably go that route. Aida I hope everyone you know is safe.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 11, 2013 at 12:05pm

IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services) is another good resource for monetary giving.  It is a reputable, Christian organization, and 100% of your donation goes to aid for disaster relief.  None of your donation goes to administrative or business expense.  All of their administrative and business costs are underwritten by a couple of independent churches.  They help here in the US as well as overseas.  Wherever disaster aid is needed.  

http://www.ides.org/

Comment by Pam/NY on November 11, 2013 at 11:49am

Thanks Aida...I have been wondering, if your family was hit. It is just hard to realize what they went through and how long it will take them to even think of a routine life. Thanks for the suggestion on helping where we can.

Comment by Irene Gallway on November 11, 2013 at 11:38am

The storms seem to be getting worse around the world. My prayers are certainly with the people there. 

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