Friday, November 22, 2013

Don't stop giving!

This post is brought to you by SMART Communications.

Today marks the second week since Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda obliterated Central Visayas. All the stories are gripping but the ones that hit me most are the stories of mothers losing their children, fathers desperate to protect and to provide for what remains of their family, parents burying their children, parents reuniting with children they had feared dead. I've been crying and praying and sad and happy from all the stories I'm reading!

One happy story is told by Gina Ladrera through CNN (click here for the article). Gina is a domestic helper in Hong Kong but she rushed home to Leyte—and how she got to her town Tanauan is a story of courage itself!—to find her family. Thank God they were all alive, her husband, their two kids, and her in-laws. Hers is a happy story but we don't know yet if it will have a happy ending since they are truly starting from nothing. That's where we come in. We have to continue helping our fellow Filipinos in Central Visayas!

There's a ton of ways to continue helping. I love how my Manila-based cousins, who speak Waray, are volunteers who greet the refugees arriving in Manila. Their ability to speak to the stricken people in their dialect comforts the survivors immensely. 

Tons of donation boxes are also at malls and other establishments just waiting for your nice clothes, good food, water and other items. Then, for those of us who are stuck at home here and all over the world, we can send airtime load through BayadLoad, a mobile money service of Smart Communications, Inc. 

More after the jump!

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If you have a mobile phone (and millions of us in over 40 countries do!), we can directly donate to Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts via HelpPh.

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If you're based in the Philippines and you're a SMART, Sun, and/or Talk 'N Text subscriber, text HelpPH to 5353.

If you're based abroad, all you have to do is dial +63-999-7-000-000. You can donate using the airtime top-up SOP of your particular mobile service provider. The maximum amount per day is USD 10. 

This fund-raising program will continue until December 31, 2013. 

Your donations via this mobile collection drive will go to the Philippine Red Cross, the United Nations Development Program, Caritas Manila, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Gawad Kalinga, the United States Agency for International Development, and the GSMA (the global association of the mobile phone industry). 

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