Time to Give Back! Help Sendong Victims!

Just before Christmas, Typhoon Sendong or Tropical Storm Washi brought tragedy to the thousand lives of Filipinos living in southern Philippines, particularly Dumaguete, Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.

Cagayan De Oro and Iligan are the first provinces I have visited in Mindanao. It was actually one of the most memorable trip me and my friends had. We enjoyed the white water rafting and the thrill of watching the majestic Maria Christina Falls.

Dumaguete, on the other hand, is my father's birth place and we've been there before when I was younger. We also have some relatives there.

I've had really good memories of these places and it really hurts to see the images I am seeing now in TV and prints.

To date, the death toll is already 1,500 (source: Inquirer.net)

Having been a "victim" of the Typhoon Ondoy, I could imagine the horror of our friends in Visayas and Mindanao. But then again, maybe not. Ondoy was nothing compared to the damages Sendong has brought.

I'm seeing lots of organizations who are doing their best to help in any way they can and to make helping more easier. Here's a list of some of them.
There are also drop boxes everywhere where you can drop off your in-kind donations. I know one in The Columns Ayala Avenue where I am staying now. You can choose which organization you trust the most. What's important is that we get to help our brothers and sisters in Dumaguete, Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.

And most of all, let's not forget to pray for them. May they find comfort in God amidst this crisis.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

This article might also help: http://bible.org/article/when-tragedy-strikes

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