Monday, November 11, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Disaster Relief

For those of you that don't know, the Philippines was struck this weekend by the biggest typhoon in recorded history. The areas hit have been ravaged and devastated, and the body count keeps rising. People are scared and in great need of shelter, potable water, medical aid and food, so if you feel inclined to help out in any way that you can, please do.

The Filipino people are strong, caring, welcoming, and very family-oriented. If you were ever in need, I can pretty much guarantee that a Filipino person would always lend you a helping hand, or at the very least, make sure you have a good meal to fill you up. It's how we were culturally raised, regardless of where in the world you and your family ended up.

I know that in Canada, the government is matching funds donated to registered charities (go Canada!), but there are organizations in the US who are also committed to disaster relief aid.

Just something to keep in mind though: there are some horrible people in the world who set up fake charities in the wake of a huge natural disaster hoping to scam people, so make sure you donate to a registered charity.

I am praying for everyone's safety. Lastly, I encourage you to please give generously!

American Red Cross

Americares

Canadian Red Cross

Catholic Relief Services

UNICEF Canada

UNICEF USA

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