Pink Notes: Relief Packages

We went to the grocery warehouse to canvass and look at items we can use for our relief package. We set on a price of Php 200 per relief pack so we were there going through lanes discussing what is feasible for their everyday survival. We even talked to workers there asking them and their opinions since most of them grew up in provinces similar to those hard hit by the typhoon.

I didn’t really think that a trip to the grocery store would be such an eye opener. I was there standing staring at rows and rows of canned goods with five to six kinds of corned beef choosing which is the best but still with a good value for the money. I just felt so guilty because on a regular day if I wanted corned beef I’d have a specific brand in mind pull it out of the shelf and drop it in the cart.

It makes you wonder the simple everyday things that you decide on became a decision that will depend on someone’s survival. I literally had tears in my eyes at that moment. It overwhelmed me at first but it fueled my desire to help even more. That’s why I’m so passionate about this cause thousands of people are depending on our help.

It’s so nice to see that I go to different grocery stores and see people just like me buying goods for donations… there is still a lot of kindhearted people around doing their part to help our kababayans. There is still faith in humanity.

Php 200.00 ($5) can go a long way it can give a person 2 liters of clean water, 6 packs of noodles, 5 canned goods, variety of biscuits, instant coffee mix, 2 toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap and a laundry soap.

Thank you to the generosity of our Rotary Club members and some of my family and friends we have been able to collect a substantial amount for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. With this we would be able to start making our relief packages to be sent to Central Philippines.


Pink Notes: Typhoon Haiyan & Helping Out

The super typhoon Haiyan hit us last November 8 and nobody could have been prepared with the wrath of that magnitude. Manila was pardoned from this great tragedy and was left intact. But a lot of people from Central Visayas were greatly affected by this event. The devastation is unexplainable and seeing the news and the people is so heart breaking.

As I see more news coming in from the devastated areas my urge to help grew stronger. I knew I had to do something. This was important and actions need to be taken.

Currently I am affiliated with the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong North and we are finding ways on the best way to help out. We have sought solicitations from our members and the money collected will be used to buy goods needed for everyday existence such as food and water. We are also encouraging them to look into their closet and donate some of their old clothes.

These items will then be collected together with the other clubs of Rotary within our district and will then be sent directly to the victims of the typhoon.

With this post I wish I could encourage others to help out or spread awareness about the situation. A lot of help is coming in but the recovery from this situation is a long process and they need all the help that they could get.

To my friends overseas thank you for your concern I was overwhelmed with countless messages asking how I was and to everyone I greatly appreciate you taking time to check on me and my family. Our friendships go beyond our bond over books and stories and forever I am grateful for these relationships.

Let us all do our part to help out. Every action will go a long way. Let us all try and make a difference.

Ways To Help

Ways To Help via our Rotary Club