I’ve been collecting my thoughts for sometime thinking of what i really want for Christmas. Luckily (to my parents and to my sister haha), i actually can’t think of anything. I can create a Christmas wish list full of clothes, shoes, chocolates and books but i don’t want any of these material things. I am lucky enough to have a complete and happy family plus real friends. I am grateful for having a house to go home to after a hard day’s work. Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Sadly last Friday, flash floods and landslides caused by tropical storm Sendong (Washi) destroyed homes and killed hundreds of Filipinos in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Most of the affected areas are still submerged in mud without light and running water. Soldiers and volunteers are still searching for the 800 people reported missing. Survivors and displaced people are in desperate need of clothes, medicines, food and potable water. And some children are getting sick in the evacuation center. It would be shameless of me if i would complain of always being stressed or sometimes unhappy. I know my problems and worries are nothing compared to others’. It would be selfish of us if we see that everything’s not good enough and we are always not satisfied with what we have. This is the season to share what we got to those who need it the most. Let’s be more compassionate and generous because Christmas is not really about receiving, it is about giving back the best way we can. Let us pray for them and give our hearts because we are fortunate enough to be celebrating Christmas with our families and homes. May God bless Philippines.
You can volunteer here:
DSWD Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro (Masterson rd, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Call +63906-615-0095 or tweet @DSWDserve.
You can send your donations here:
Red Cross via Globe: Text RED <amount> to 2899. You may transfer P5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500.
Red Cross via Smart:Text RED <amount> to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100
Globe G-Cash: Text DONATE(space)AMOUNT(space)MPIN(space)SLB and send to 2882
Mercato Centrale Tent (The Fort) and Suderno (beside makati med and i think in Alabang too) are drop-off points for relief goods too until Dec. 18 (3am) and Dec. 19 (7am – 2pm).
Rock Ed Iligan is Running a soup kitchen in Iligan now. Donate any amount so they can continue to serve hot meals for homeless families in the neighborhood to BPI Loyola 3080.0073.44. Tweet @rockedradio for help.
Iligan Bloggers Society is humbly requesting your generous help for the victims Bagyong Sendong of Iligan City. Click the link for more info.
LBC Foundation will ship your donations for free to those who need it the most. Just drop it off at the LBC branch nearest to you or call their hotline at (632) 8585-999
ABS-CBN accepts donations in cash for BDO Account (Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya / Swift Code: BNORPHMM / Peso Account Number: 39301-14199 / Dollar Account Number: 39300-81622) & BPI Account (Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya / Swift Code: BOPIPHMM / Peso Account Number: 3051-1127-75 / Dollar Account Number: 3054-0270-35). You can also volunteer.
Philippine College of Surgeon is undergoing surgical support for calamity victims and if you know anyone who needs surgical needs contact this number (09173045037)
Enderun College in McKinley Hill Taguig City is a Drop-off point for ready-to-eat foods and drinks.
De La Salle Canlubang is accepting cash donations and check payments for the victims. You can go directly to our Lasallian Mission Office. Cash donations can be coursed through BPI Account (Account Name: La Salle Academy / Account Type: Savings / Account No: 9353-0377-62 / Swift Code: BOPIPHMM) and for international donations you can course thru the telegraphic transfer (Citibank N.A. New York Swift bic: CITIUS33 / Account no: 36049439 / Beneficiary bank: UnionBank of the Philippines / Swift Code: UBPHPHMM / Account no: 3582091813002)
Mega Publishing Group is also accepting donations in cash and in kind until 12 noon of December 22, Thursday. Drop off the good here at 18/F Strata 100 F. Ortigas, Jr Road Ortigas Center 1605 Pasig
Metro Manila, Philippines