As many of you are aware, this past week a super typhoon (category 5) hit the Philippines. It’s the most intense typhoon ever to make landfall, and it has caused serious damage across the country. Thousands of people have been killed, and more than 9 million have been affected. The infrastructure in the Philippines is already in poor condition, so anything like this wreaks havoc, and makes it very difficult for rescue workers to reach the affected areas.
Worse yet, earlier this fall, parts of the country experienced a serious earthquake that caused huge damage that had not yet been repaired when the typhoon ripped through.
There are several ways you can help out.
If you are Canadian, consider making donations through the Canadian Red Cross. Right now, the Government has pledged to match individual donations dollar for dollar (up to $100), so you’ll be giving twice as much. Or even better, UNICEF Canada has corporate sponsors, so your donation will be matched by the government (up to $100) and the sponsors (up to $25,000). I’m not sure if other countries have similar fundraisers taking place, but check with your home Red Cross or Red Crescent group to find out.
Locally, there is a large Filipino community in Ulsan, and many members are actively involved in raising funds and putting together boxes of supplies for the needy. These packages will be sent directly to people in the Philippines.
Items requested: clothes, blankets, shoes, canned goods, noodles, tents, candles, matches, batteries, medicine, flashlights, tarps, toiletries, wet tissues, soy milk in tetra paks (non-perishable goods). If you are donating clothes, blankets or shoes, please make sure they are clean and in good repair.
Mayetth Poile is coordinating a drive for Tanauan Leyte and Bohol, an area hard hit by the earthquake in October.
“I would like to ask for help and donations like clothes, blankets, shoes, can goods,noodles, tents…. Etc. Whatever you can give.
I will be dividing all donations between Tanauan Leyte and Bohol, we will be sending Balik Bayan Boxes to the people that are affected by the past earthquake and the typhoon.
A good friend of mine in Bohol has a big place, and she accommodated 500 people 3 weeks ago, some of them had left already but she still has at least 100 people in her house, for her to be able to help the homeless people she also needs help and support. I was told that they won’t have running water and electricity for another 2 months as well, we can use all the help we can get….. Please help me help the people that are in need in the Philippines.
I am coordinating with her so that we can send the Balik Bayan Boxes A.S.A.P. That is why I need your help as well. If you have any questions you can contact me on my cell. 01045381696 (Mayetth Poile) or on Facebook Sweetlove Honey . You can also contact the Ulsan Parents Club group on Facebook.
Thanks in advance!
Another effort is taking place through the Best Asian Mart in Donggu, ByongYong Catholic Church and Chubbylinda Swarovski
“I’m spearheading a relief goods drive here in Ulsan for the benefit of the Yolanda Typhoon victims in my hometown of Tanauan Leyte, and other areas, in cooperation with Best Asianmart and ByongYong Catholic Church. We are still isolated in terms of communication, rescue relief goods and protection, because no media has seriously delivered the suffering of the survivors there. YOUR donations will be handled by Burublig Tanauan a volunteer group in Manila.They have been securing the delivery of the goods directly to the people and are tracking the flow of cash donations.
What we need:
Canned goods, candles, matches, flaslights, dyna or battery operated, batteries, hetban (half cooked rice), bodybags, medicines, clothes, tents, tarp, toiletries, wet tissues, soymilk in tetrapacks
DROP OFF POINTS: BEST ASIAN MART DONGGU
BYONG YONG CATHOLIC CHURCH AND MY HOUSE
CASH DONATIONS PLS PM MR Andy Talaver OR MYSELF WE WILL USE PART OF IT TO BUY VACUUM PACKS TO MAXIMIZE THE 11BALIKBAYAN BOXES SPONSORED BY ASIAN MART. SALAMAT NGA DAMO HA IYO NGATANAN”
Manila Town, the Filipino bar and restaurant in Shinae, is also collecting donations. There is information on the linked FB page for how to make donations by bank transfer.
“Hello everyone , as a leader of the Filipino community in Ulsan City and owner of Manila Town, I am humbled to ask for your donation in any form,( clothings, goods, cash etc,, ) to help the typhoon and earthquake victims in t he Philippines.According to news update the death toll could reach to 10,000 people only in one city, TACLOBAN City. Please pm me or call or txt me at 010-67440918. Hoping for your sympathy and concern to my fellow countrymen. Thank you.