What WE can Share to Help?

I decided not to post anything for the past 3 weeks- I was literally social media and blogosphere-mute. Urged by normal human compassion, I wept countless times hearing numerous distressful stories. Emotional as I am, I wanted to veer away from any printed, aired or online news, but they were just all around me.

We’ve been reminded everyday by our newsfeed from all sorts of media: Typhoon Yolanda’s devastating effect is unfathomable, leaving thousands of casualties. It’s so sad. On a brighter note, in the wake of Yolanda, the monstrous disaster effect was a memento  of indomitable human spirit. A restoration of trust. A renaissance of human compassion and care beyond borders.

Today, the entire country, and most nations of the world are all doing their part in the most massive relief, retrieval and recovery operation in our recorded history. NGO’s, private organizations, celebrities, Churches, and even private citizens are lending their hands to help survivors. Words cannot just express how thankful we are, it gives us comfort and lifts our spirits.

It’s not too late to offer our help.  There are numerous links to reputable aid agencies and organizations like Red Cross that accept donations. Most of the times, cash is the best donation for the reason that implementing agencies of relief know what is lacking on the affected areas. They can also get discounts affiliated companies or items can be cheaper when they buy in bulk. If you’re thinking of donating in kind, it might be best to have these on your list.

As a Palengkera, who knows the most basic needs of any household in times like this, I created a list of the essential things we can share.

  • Bottled Water.  Potable water aside from food, is essential survival thing to have during calamities.  You can take water for days without food, if worse happens.

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  • Canned Goods.  Victims may not have can openers at hand, so it might be best to send easy-to-open canned goods.

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  • Candles or Flashlight.  In times like this, power lines might be cut off for a while.  Candles or Flashlight will help a lot.

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  •  Ready to eat foods like crackers. These munchies will give energies to survivors.

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  • Old clothes.  Victims might have only saved a few if not what they only wear during the calamity.  You may send your old shirts but amke sure that they are clean and decent.

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  • Sandals/Slippers

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  • Medicine- Many victims might have survived the wrath of the typhoon but most will have cuts and possibly infections thus need immediate medicine.
  • Toiletries like Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, alcohol, napkins etc

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  • Diapers

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  • Mats and Blankets

In our own way, there are so much options on how we can help or share.  The company i work with had a campaign for donation among its employees, we can opt to donate in cash, by salary deduction or in kind.  We agreed to cancel our planned Christmas party to just donate the total cost to the victims. 

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(Photo fr Kay Gastador of ADP Phils.)

United we stand, …

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