Ondoy victims still needs your help; US troops are here to help

3 weeks have passed since a lot of Metro Manila residents suffered from Ondoy’s wrath. Hours after the disaster, social networks such as Plurks, Twitter, Facebook, etc. were vigorously updated asking for volunteers for relief operations, donations, food items and other things needed by the victims. It’s been great upon knowing that there are a lot of youth volunteers and that there are a lot of donations received at that time. But relief operations and rehabilitation don’t only last for a week, in fact, when Jeff and I dropped by the Sagip Kapamilya Center Warehouse in Scout Bayoran, donations are still pouring, one big balikbayan box just arrived from Saudi Arabia full of comforters, bedspreads and blankets. According to the volunteer in the warehouse, few people have thought of donating such, food items and clothes are the most common form of donations.

The Bayanihan spirit does not only apply to Filipinos, we’re quite surprised to see US troops at the gates of Sagip Kapamilya Center just about to leave carrying truckloads of relief goods.

The USS Harper and USS Toruga are carrying bulldozers, dump trucks, helicopters and landing craft to help the government deliver relief goods and medical assistance and clear debris, according to the US Embassy in Manila.

US troops at the Sagip Kapamilya Center
US troops at the Sagip Kapamilya Center

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My thoughts when donating relief goods

When I went to the supermarket the other day for biscuits, canned goods and juices for Ondoy victims, I can’t help but smile to the other shoppers whose carts where also filled with groceries meant for the typhoon victims. Shelves in the supermarket ran out of canned sardines, but this is good news, that only means a lot of people already bought them for donations. Some reports state that other relief operation centers are overstaffed with volunteers, I hope more people will donate so that more goods can be packed by these volunteers. Keep ’em coming!

more supplies please...
more supplies please

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Help for typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) victims

The onslaught of typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) left so many families homeless, without clean clothes, no food and clean water, and worse, lost their loved ones. I was devastated after reading the news and viewing photos online, I was disconnected from the outside world since I, too, was stranded at the airport. But we were more fortunate than the others who suffered and lost greatly from the flood. Casualties of the typhoon Ondoy is concentrated in Marikina, Pasig, Makati, San Juan, Manila and Quezon City.

after typhoon Ondoys deluge
after typhoon Ondoy’s deluge

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