Helping the Philippines

Is your heart breaking for all the suffering and loss and hardship of the Filipino people that are victims of Typhoon Haiyan and for the many Filipino friends, neighbors and family here in the U.S. who love them? Mine, too! Donations are pouring in for the Philippines, but we are told they may not be enough. What can we do?

Like many of you, I have read too many news stories about donations for worthy causes being lost, stolen or misused to send money for disaster relief to the Philippines for victims of the recent, devastating typhoon, without checking first to see where the best place to send that help might be, and what form the most practical and needed relief might take, for their particular situation.

In this case, the international recommendation for effective assistance to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan is that sending cash is the best, most effective thing you can do to help, and no amount is too small. Here are a list of trustworthy places to send that cash:

American Red Cross Disaster Relief: Go to http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or mail a check to P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

Mercy Corps: Go to http://www.mercycorps.org/typhoon, call 1-888-747-7440, or mail a check with “Philippines Typhoon Response” in the memo line to P.O. Box 2669, Dept. W, Portland, OR 97208-2669.

Lions Club International Foundation: Donate via http://bit.ly/1cMRP3h, or mail a check with “Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief” in the memo line to Department 4547, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4567.

Our hearts go out to the Philippines and to all our Filipino community in Kitsap!

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