In light of the recent tragedies

As many of you know, the Filipino people are trying to get up from the staggering disasters that slammed at the country. First, it was the 7.2 magnitude quake that tore Bohol and parts of Cebu, then it was Typhoon Haiyan (Local name Yolanda) that swept Tacloban, Samar, Leyte, and other parts of the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan is the biggest, strongest storm to ever make landfall, at 195-200mph. This is a lot stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which hit land at 128mph.

Death toll is continually rising, and families are going hungry and are currently homeless. In some places, electricity is still cut off, and many have no way to communicate with their very worried family outside of the affected areas of the storm.

I am very fortunate that I am safe, as is my whole family, but I have friends, and friends with families that were affected by the typhoon, and we are worried for them as well.

If you can find it in your heart to help, whether you are in the Philippines, or in any other place in the world, here are some ways that you can:

FOR TRACKING MISSING PERSONS:

Philippine Red Cross,
@philredcross (Twitter)
or their Social Services Restoring Family Links and Tracing Services, contact number (+63) 9175328500
or
Google Person Finder
http://google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda

FOR DONATIONS FROM OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES:

Philippine Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org.ph/donatenow
Habitat for Humanity
http://www.give2habitat.org/philippines/ReBuildPhilippines
ANCOP Foundation USA
http://www.donatedisasterrelief-ausa.org/
UNICEF Philippines
http://donate.unicef.ph/campaign/24/typhoon-yolanda-emergency-appeal
CARE Australia
https://www.care.org.au/haiyan-donate
Caritas Interationalis
https://www.ammado.com/community/142628
GMA Network
http://www.gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation/donation
World Vision
http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?funnel=dn&item=2639566&go=item&section=10339&
AmeriCares
http://www.americares.org/emergency-response/typhoon-haiyan-philippines.html
Samaritan’s Purse (Canada)
https://secure.samaritan.ca/Donation/(X(1)S(y1bac4pdbohr5ktpyju0c10a))/Default.aspx?pc=080504&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Canadian Red Cross
http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-typhoon-haiyan-fund

FOR DONATIONS FROM THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Globe Text Donations through the Philippine Red Cross
Text RED <amnt> to 2988
Denominations in 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500, and 1000.
ABS CBN Pledge Lines Donations
Call 411-0183, 411-0182, or 411-0115
University of the Philippines, Tulong Kabataan
System-Wide Drop off points in
UP Diliman, Vinzons Hall Lobby
UP Manila, CASSC Office
UP Los Banos, Baker Hall
UPV Miagao, CAS Lobby
UPV Iloilo City, CM Lobby

We nearing the Christmas Season. Unfortunately, many will not be able to feel that this is the season to be jolly, so instead of doing your Christmas shopping, why not spare some amount to help the victims of the earthquake (because some affected places are still reeling) and the typhoon?

It’s time to give love, so share.

Every little bit counts.

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