Help In Our Own Ways

Last Saturday (December 17, 2011), my Mom and I were in the mall the whole day to shop and complete our Christmas list. I'm sure most of you were busy and pre-occupied with fulfilling your shopping spree and making yourselves happy, too. But when we arrived home, my Dad was such in a panic and immediately told Mom to call my abuelito (Mom's dad) and our other relatives who reside at Cagayan de Oro to confirm their current condition. Mom and I were quite puzzled because we didn't know what was happening, until we watched the news, and there appeared these tragic scenarios brought by typhoon Sendong.

Photos from Google

The dreadful condition of the whole Cagayan de Oro and Iligan frightened us more. We couldn't reach the phone lines of our relatives the whole night!

God was so gracious that we were finally able to connect with our relatives in CDO. We felt greatly relieved when we knew that they were okay. Yet up to present, my tita's family are staying at the roof because even the 3rd floor of their house got devastated with flood and mud (same condition with the photo above). But still, thank God they're alive. 

The number of missing and dead people is just so heart-breaking, to think that Christmas is only a few days away and these people lost everything in just a flash.

Nakakapanghina, sa totoo lang.

Our relatives told us that they are longing for safe water to drink. The whole area lacks water, so there was no other choice but to take in sodas. I fear for them because we all know that it's unhealthy. If only I could fly to CDO and other affected areas just to give them what they need... but sadly, I have no power to do that. :(

For now, what we can do best is to pray for the victims of this calamity. Set afar our jolly Christmas vibes and that even for a minute, offer a prayer and well-wishes to these people. And aside from that, we could help all those in need through the following donation outlets (as grabbed from Sarah's blog):

To help, send RED to 4143 (Smart) and RED to 2899 (Globe). * Smart subscribers may send financial help to the Philippine Red Cross through text. To donate, cellphone users should send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50 and 100 and will be charged to the subscriber’s prepaid load or postpaid bill. * Globe subscribers may send help to Red Cross. Just text RED and send to 2899. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50, 100 (For ex, RED 10).

SMART Subscribers 
* Smart subscribers all over the country may send help to those affected by typhoon Sendong. Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets. * SMARTCares: Subscribers may donate to #Sendong victims via text. Just send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100.”

GLOBE Subscribers 
Through GCASH, text DONATE and send to 2882.

Through One For Iligan allows you to donate $1 for the Iligan flood victims of typhoon Sendong. * One for Iligan is a Google doc that tells you how you can donate at least US$1 via PayPal * Contact points SITE: http//:iliganbloggers.comEMAIL: iliganbloggers@gmail.comFB Fanpage: * How to else to help?The group Iligan Bloggers Society says that aside from paypal donations, they are also asking for canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings and slippers.

DXIC SITE Fanpage:

Sendong * Any help -- food, clothes, books, bottled water, others -- can be sent to Fr. Eric Garcia Velandria SJ, coordinator of Sendong Operation, KKP Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, 9000, Corrales Ave. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. According to XU-CSG President, GemGem Tero, food and clothes donations are more needed. Account Name: Xavier University Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands, CDO Divisoria Branch Account Number: 9331-0133-63

The Civil Relations Service AFP at Camp Aguinaldo is accepting donations. It will fly donations/relief goods via C130. Contact details: Situation Awareness Center (SAC), CRS AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, QC Landline: 912-6615 CP Nr. (0917)2471252 Focal Person: Lt. Col. Rolando Rodil, Operations Officer

Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Road, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Call 09066150095 @DSWDserve

(OMF) accepts donation for the victims of Sendong. Email us: Call or text us 0644212652/09177204604/09228366422 You can send food items, drinking water, used clothing, blankets, medicines, cash and what you have to the following dropping centers.

Tabang Mindanao Center 12th-22nd streets, Nazareth 9000 Cagayan de Oro CityT/F: +63 (88) 856 6413E: for Ms. Beryl Tranco)

Northern Mindanao Sub-Region Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde9200 Iligan CityT/F: +63 223 5179E: rmpnmr@gmail.comW: for Ms. Ida Melody Bucog)

10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon CityMobile:+63926 7112450 For cash donations, please send to this account: Bank Name and Address:Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)Quezon Avenue branch, 9200 Iligan City, Philippines Account number: 009359-1348-08 Swift Code: BOPIPHMM Account Name and Address: RMP-NMR Inc.

BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164 and Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2
Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline - 938-6393.

1 comment:

fashioneggpplant said...

thanks for re-posting, kawawa talaga :(


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