This week has been pretty intense, to say the least. I'm checking in to make sure you're doing okay.
As you already know, the Taal volcano has been spewing ash across Southern Tagalog; thousands of people have evacuated, beloved animals need rescuing, and everyone is holding their breath waiting to find out if the coming days hold hope or more worry.
It's heartwarming to find entire communities standing up for their fellows and working tirelessly to help the displaced. Everyone's pulling together to get through this catastrophe; we're thinking about each other, moving to help one another, praying for everyone - that's the way to world peace!
We've compiled a list of necessities as well as drop-off locations for donations, so those of us who don't live in calamity-stricken areas and have more to spare can share what we have with those who were affected.
WHAT EVACUEES URGENTLY NEED
N95 face masks
Blankets & sleeping mats
Hygiene kits (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sanitary napkins, etc.)
WHERE TO DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS
THE PHILIPPINE RED CROSS
Logistics & Multipurpose Center, Mandaluyong
Contact number: 0926 619 3226
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
Diliman, Baguio, Manila, and Los Baños
USC/University Student Council Offices
0995 460 8407 (Baguio)
0917 108 4376 (Diliman)
0908 211 1437 (Manila)
0995 524 0257 (Los Baños)
DE LA SALLE COLLEGE LIPA
Community Involvement Office
Contact number: 0905 936 7512
For a more comprehensive list of places to deliver donations to, check out this article.
The late physicist Albert Einstein said, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
Are you ready to stand up and work together for these communities? Because I am!
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