A little help goes a long way! Simple ways on how to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan

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On November 8,2013 my country, “ the Philippines” was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda this was an exceptionally powerful typhoon that devastated portions of south east asia, particularly the philippines. This was the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record killing at least 5,560 people in my country alone. This catastrophic cyclone caused a massive destruction in central Philippines. The aftermath about 11 million people have been affected and are now homeless.

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to lose everything?

I was vacationing in Hong kong when I heard about this super typhoon that was about to make landfall in the philippines. I watched the news updates and seeing how strong the impact of the wind, and the areas that were going to get hit I started to feel an aching pain in my chest. I knew the outcome was not going to be good at all. These thoughts would cross my mind…thoughts of losing my family, my siblings, loved ones and everytime I would think of that I would start to cry. Luckily I did not have family at the places that did get affected by this super typhoon but im sure Filipinos from all over the world did. The news wasn’t able to cover much of the storm when it hit, but watching the news AFTER the storm was something you thought you would only see in the movies. Cities were completely wiped out some didn’t have any food, no relief centers, no one to help them, nothing… they were starving in the streets with dead bodies all around them.

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The more news I watched the more I could feel my heart break by the minute and I would just start crying imagining, what these people must be going through. It took my best friend to finally tell me – stop watching that cause you already know it’s going to make you feel awful. – she was right ! I don’t watch the news a lot because I seem to get so absorbed with what’s happening like it was actually happening to me and sometimes, that’s just not healthy to Cary so much sad ness but Its good to be aware of what’s going on and do something about it. My best friend and I decided to donate our time off work, and find ways to help. We went to the naval base in fort bonifacio to help pack relief goods but by the time we got there they said they were done with the packing and if we wanted to help we could come back the next day. Luckily in the midst of it all and I ran into a friend of mine who happened to be helping out as well she told me that Santuario church by forbes park was going to start their packing of relief goods in an hour and if we wanted to volunteer we could go there and that’s exactly what we did ! we went straight to the church and started helping out. It was overwhelming how much work had to be done and how much work we got done However, everyone was there to lend a helping hand even little kids came after class to help out, people from all walks of life came to help it felt great. The next day we managed to get a bigger group of people to come help volunteer and everyone managed to find ways to help out it was an incredible feeling.

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What struck me more was the news that started coming from all over the world wanting to help our people. Doctors flying in to help out, relief goods sent from different counties, money being donated from all over the world, celebrities, singers dedicating an album to help our people. It made me feel there was hope and that there are still kind people in our world today. My heart goes out to everyone who took time to help my country ! God will bless your lives abundantly.

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Filipino-American NFL player Doug Baldwin of Seattle Seahawks’ waves Philippines’ flag to show support for the victims of Haiyan/Yolanda tragedy. His family is from Tacloban.

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Dozens of big names in music industry such as Adele, lady gaga, the Beatles, Bruno mars, Katy perry and many more have joined forces to raise funds for typhoon disaster relief in the Philippines. They have all made contributions to a compilation album called “Songs for Philippines”.

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NOW there is still a long way to go and lots of work to be done and it seems like people want to reach out and help. Maybe some want to help but don’t know how… I find little ways to do what I can when I don’t have time to volunteer. This past week I have been collecting and going through all my things and seeing what I can donate to the victims of Yolanda. I have managed to fill up 2 big boxes full of clothes, shoes, bags, anything that I knew they could use apart from food. Things that might make someone smile, with the holiday season coming up. Usually it’s hard for me to part with the things I own; however, my father told me something that stuck with me which was something I didn’t really think of until he told me, and I would like to share it – He said, you know how you usually keep things that you don’t really use, but you keep it cause it means something to you? something you put aside for years and it just sits there but you hold onto it because it has a memory, or it holds some kind of value to you so you cherish it. well, It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are – Everyone keeps something that means something to them, and these people lost everything. They have nothing… after he said that, I decided to let go of some of my favorite things; with the same hope that maybe it will reach the hands of someone who might keep it as their favorite thing one day. It doesn’t matter what you do to help, every little thing counts. Weather it be money, time, or giving away something with the intention that it goes out to someone in need goes a long way.

I wanted to compose this blog since it is thanksgiving, and with the holiday season coming up I feel we have so much to be grateful for, just to be alive and have what we have we should never take that for granted cause there are people out there who are clinging on just trying to survive. We can make a difference ; we can give back and change a life even if its not much, it’s the thought, the intention,the small efforts, and the actions that count. ☺

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For those of you who want to help but don’t know where to go, or what to do I have re searched some websites online as a reference you may use, depending on your location. I have also attached the link to “songs for the Philippines ” below

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/136927/your-super-guide-to-helping-the-victims-of-yolanda

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/typhoon-yolanda

http://world.time.com/2013/11/10/how-to-help-typhoon-victims/

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Should you wish to purchase this album : a portion of the funds will go to the Philippines Red Cross foundation to help the typhoon yolanda victims. GOD BLESS YOU AMERICA !

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-for-the-philippines/id764022051

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I hope this write up helps the people in need ! Please share this with your loved ones ❤ together we can slowly help the homeless feel at home again.

GOD BLESS

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