Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Typhoon Ondoy

As some of you may have heard, we were struck by a horrible typhoon (typhoon Ondoy, international name: Ketsanaon) on September 26, Saturday. Most of Luzon (the region where Metro Manila is) was placed under a state of calamity on Saturday as cities and provinces in the region lay victim to massive flooding.

My family and I are safe but that is not the case for a lot of my fellow countrymen. Many lost their homes, and in numerous tragic cases, dear ones as well. Some are still missing. They need our help.

Here are some ways to help:

  • You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross HERE – you just have to choose Typhoon Ondoy under Project/Activity. More ways to donate to the Philippine Red Cross HERE. You can also donate via Txtpower.org to the Philippines Red Cross. You will need a Paypal account though.
  • Midge of Sybaritic Diversions has put together some numbers to call HERE.
  • Marketman is increasing his feeding program's efforts in the public schools in Taguig HERE.
  • Starting today, 29 September, the Philippine National Red Cross will be accepting relief goods and donations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy from 8am to 8pm at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion, 100 Park Ave. McKinley Hill Vill. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
  • Enderun College (1100 Campus St, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio) is preparing food packages for distribution and accepting food donations.
  • Whitespace, a venue in Makati, is also accepting donations. Most needed are: potable water, rice, blankets, clothing detergent, body soap, clothes, canned goods (or any food that can survive transport). Also needed: crackers/cookies, noodles, toiletries, formula...and VOLUNTEERS to help repack everything and load them into vans. Also badly needed are Vans for transport. Whitespace is in 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension (in between Cantinetta and Makati Hope Christian School). You can call 8447328 for more info.
  • All LBC branches, both here and abroad are available as drop-off centers for relief goods and cash donations which will be transported/remitted for free. They have partners such as ABS-CBN to make sure the goods are sent to those most in need.
  • If you are in the Alabang area you can call Deds. They are offering their showroom as drop off point for donations for the flood victims. They will deliver the goods to De La Salle Zobel so you don't have to go inside the village. Please drop off from 9 AM to 5 PM at Shop Familia, #406 Richville Corporate Centre 1314 Commerce Avenue Extension, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang Muntinlupa City. Phone: 8428412.
  • You can check Mc Donald's or Jollibee outlets. Most of their outlets are drop-off points for everyone to donate relief goods.
  • All La Salle Schools are accepting donations in cash and kind for the typhoon victims. Details on their Ondoy Relief Operation can be found HERE.
  • ABS-CBN drop off point for donations is at Examiner St., right by Alex III. Manggy has heard clamor for new underwear but of course food and potable water is the priority.
  • Also from Manggy: Doctors who wish to volunteer their services can contact the Philippine Medical Association at 929-6366 or 929-6951.
  • Ateneo de Manila University is also organizing relief operations. See details HERE.
  • For those in the U.S., you can view links posted by Knitty Mommy for US donations HERE.
  • If you are abroad, you can also use your Amazon account to donate to THIS Kickstart project.
  • THIS LINK lists the consolidated efforts for Typhoon Ondoy relief.
  • Gawad Kalinga Foundation is also organizing relief efforts. You can make donations HERE.

Amidst this tragedy, the amount of people coming together to help is truly inspirational. If anyone knows of more avenues to help, send donations, places in need of volunteers, please leave a comment. I will repost them here as well. Thank you!

29 comments:

Divina Pe said...

Thanks for providing the information. We spent 16 hours in traffic but that's nothing compared to what other people are going through.

Junglefrog said...

Yes the news did reach across the oceans and I am glad to hear that your family is ok. But what a horrible tragedy!!
Thanks for providing those links; we will make sure we try and help a little bit.
Our thoughts are with everyone there!

Deds said...

Thanks for the info.

To those in Alabang area, we're offering our showroom as drop off point for donations for the flood victims.

We will deliver the goods to De La Salle Zobel so you don't have to go inside the village. Please drop off from 9 AM to 5 PM at Shop Familia, #406 Richville Corporate Centre 1314 Commerce Avenue Extension, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang Muntinlupa City. Phone: 8428412.

MeetaK said...

sending you all my prayers joey - glad to hear that you and family are fine.

Anonymous said...

Please check the nearest Mc Donald's or Jolibee outlet to you. Most of their outlets are drop-off points for everyone to donate relief goods to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

Manggy said...

Thank you for giving these links, Joey: I was thinking of putting up my own, but I've been looking for an organized effort to get donations from the US, as that's where most of my readers are. (I can link to here.)

ABS-CBN drop off point for donations is at Examiner St., right by Alex III. I've heard clamor for new underwear but of course food and potable water is the priority.
Doctors who wish to volunteer their services can contact the Philippine Medical Association at 929-6366 or 929-6951.

I'm glad to hear you and your family are safe, Joey!

Suzana said...

Joey, I'm glad to hear you and your family are fine. What a terrible tragedy! My thoughts go to all who lost dear ones. Thanks for posting the links.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Divina! You are welcome...hope it helps in whatever way it can! Glad to see that the traffic was the only thing you had to go through and that you’re doing ok!

Hi Junglefrog! Thank you! A lot of people here in the cities surrounding mine are in dire need of assistance...

Hi Deds! Thanks for the information – I have placed it on the post.

Hi Meeta! Thank you very much...although we are safe and thankfully survived this storm unscathed, a lot of others have been gravely affected...they will appreciate your kind prayers!

Hi Anon! Thanks for the tip...have added it to the post as well.

Hi Manggy! Thanks for the additional info...have added them to the post. Good to see you are doing ok as well! I think Red Cross, LBC, and LA Salle can handle foreign donations too.

Hi Suzana! It really is terrible but people here are mobilizing a lot of support that is so heartening to see...

Christina said...

Thanks Joey. Glad you're safe.

For those abroad, an easy way to donate online:

1. Donate via Txtpower.org to the Philippines Red Cross. You must have a Paypal account, but that's easy to set up if you don't have one.

2. Use your Amazon.com account to donate to this Kickstart project.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thatwaszen/urgent-manila-is-underwater-and-needs-your-help

For Kickstart, just donate by the end of Tuesday.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm sorry to hear about what happened in the Philippines...

Good to hear that your family is doing ok.

In thoughts with the people there!

Cheers,

Rosa

Erin said...

I am so relieved to know you and your family are safe. Please take care. I'll be linking to this post to my Twitter/Facebook and put it in my post this Friday.

veron said...

Glad you and your family are okay. Will keep all of you especially those hit hardest in our prayers.

Marvin said...

Very happy to know that you and your family are safe, joey.

Here's a link that contains consolidated info for ondoy relief:

http://www.google.com/landing/typhoon-ondoy.html

Barbara said...

Very pleased to know you and your family are safe Joey.
Thank you for this info.

marvin said...

Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Metro Manila area and the nearby regions of NCR (National Capital Region) in recent times. And now, more than ever, we must all come together to help save as many as we can from this catastrophe. Let us help Ondoy victims through Gawad Kalinga foundation.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Christina! Thanks for the links...I have added them already.

Thanks for your thoughts Rosa!

Hi Erin! Thanks for passing the info along...yes, we are safe and counting our blessings...

Hi Veron! Thank you!

Hi Marvin! Thanks for the link...have added them to the post.

Thank you Barbara!

Hi Marvin! Thanks for the Gawad Kalinga link...I have added it here.

Anh said...

Joey, my prayers are with you guys...

Soma said...

we have heard it:-( glad to know that you all are ok.. our prayers remain for you & everyone.

john said...

We need to go out and try to help ondoy victims fast.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks so much Anh and Soma!

Hi John...link to Gawad Kalinga is already up...

Paz said...

I'm really glad to know that you and your family are safe and sound. Everyone continues to be in my prayers. Thanks for showing us more ways to be able to help, especially with the links you've provided. I will look into them and pass them around.

Paz

Andy said...

It really is awful what happened - glad you are ok and hope that as much help reaches those in need as soon as possible.

Andy - http://onceuponathyme.wordpress.com/

ChichaJo said...

Hi Paz! Thanks so much!

Hi Andy! Yes it was...and this weekend we had another super typhoon hit our country, though the area where I live was not affected. A lot of help is still needed in affected areas...even from the last typhoon. Thank you for your thoughts!

Helen said...

I am so glad to hear that you and your family are well. Such a terrible tragedy. My thoughts are with you.

ChichaJo said...

Thank you Helen!

Bordeaux said...

It seems the whole of SE Asia is being horribly tormented by rainfall and floods. Makes me so sad. Good luck with recovering. We're thinking of you. Thanks for the links.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bordeaux...yes, so sad. My family was lucky we were not affected by the floods but there are still so many that until now have not yet recovered :( But so many people are really coming together to help...it's inspiring!

Philippines Natural Disaster said...

Thank you all so much for your concern. It’s very heartwarming that we Filipinos are all united for one cause and that so many generous hearts take interest in helping the typhoon victims. God bless you all. I wish there were some way to repay you for your generosity.

Phils Calamities said...

Nice post. Thanks for sharing. I hope that preventative measures can be put in place soon. One thing that can be done which costs nothing is each individual take responsibility for their garbage and put it where it belongs instead of throwing it all over the streets, rivers, and everywhere else.