This week of tragedy from typhoon Ondoy has brought out hope as we saw people all over the Philippines and abroad joining together to help the victims. As early as last Saturday when the rest of the world didn't know about the flooding yet messages on Facebook were already being exchanged to mobilize help for the flood victims. Our former schools (La Salle, Ateneo, UP, etc.) and highschool groups (SearchIn) were sending out messages to staff, alumni and students to join and help in the efforts to bring food, water, clothing and medicines to the victims.
Friends, cousins, workmates, nieces/nephews, former classmates, people halfway around the world are contributing what they can to help the victims through their churches, donating to the Philippine Red Cross/NGOs, sending money directly to their friends and family in the Philippines and organizing relief efforts on their own from cooking and delivering warm meals to donating their stock of bottled water.
This tragedy has brought out the best examples of compassion we've seen in a long time, the human spirit of sincerely caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Our work is not yet done as the recovery of lives will take some time, so please continue praying for the victims and their families and helping in whatever way you can.
Philippine National Red Cross
PDI Relief Drive
Give2Asia Typhoon Relief Fund