WASHINGTON – Unwanted items lying around the house could help Philippine typhoon victims as well as members of the U.S. military headed for the disaster zone.
“We’re issuing an urgent plea for donations of food and supplies for delivery to the Philippine storm victims and the troops that are deploying to the area,” Germaine Broussard, founder and president of the Virginia-based charity Troop Treats told WTOP.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines leaving behind a death toll of more than 2,300, which is expected to rise as accurate information is collected from the whole disaster zone. Approximately 600,000 people were displaced by the typhoon,– many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty.
Donations are being collected at four drop-off sites in Northern Virginia:
- The Mason Inn Hotel, 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax
- The James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church
- Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook’s Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke
- The Fratkin Broussard Team at Morgan Stanley, 1650 Tysons Boulevard, McLean (please call first at 703-556-8108 to arrange a drop-off)
“If someone in Maryland or D.C. wants to get involved, please contact us and we can make arrangements to either do a pickup or to meet you somewhere,” said Broussard.
Troop Treats is requesting the following items:
- First Aid Kits
- Canned food itemsNoodle packets & Rice
- Sanitary napkins for women
- Blankets, socks, underwear, pants
- Baby food (unbreakable containers)
- Small/medium flashlights, Portable radios & AA batteries
- Hotel size toiletries (soap, shampoo, baby wipes, tooth paste)
To make a money donation via PayPal, visit the Troop Treats website.
Some time in the next two weeks, the organization will ask for volunteers to help pack the donations for shipping. Broussard says the items will be packed into boxes the size of those used for copier paper. They cost about $50 each to ship through priority Mail.
Help is needed right away, but there is no deadline for making donations. Broussard said they’ll be shipping items out constantly throughout the next few weeks, and she expects the Philippines will need help for quite some time.
From Jarrell JaJa Gary, a Mason student…
My name is Jarrell Gary and I am currently a Student at George Mason University. Being born and raised on the Philippine Island of Samar, my life has been forever changed since Nov. 8, 2013 by the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. It was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor nation.
In Eastern Samar alone, at least 200 are feared dead, according to Rep. Ben Evardone. Most communication lines are still cut off and bridges are impassable in Lawaan, Borongan, and General MacArthur. Eastern Samar remains practically isolated from the rest of the country three days after super typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught. Relief goods are too slow to arrive. People are dirty, hungry and thirsty. Residents of the town of Lawaan who were able to survive the typhoon have to obtain their supplies from hundreds of kilometers away. Both affluent and poor families displaced leaving whole communities in chaos and untold amounts of property damage.
In efforts with my childhood friend, Arjun Germones serving president of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines-Cebu City, we are collecting donations for our town of Bolusao through “Misyon para Bolusao-non” or “Mission for Bolusao”. We have both been directly affected with family deaths and a destroyed community. We guarantee 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the people and communities in dire need. We ask for your kind support through a monetary donation.
For more information about this effort, ways to help, and updates please visit our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/alspcebu. Click here to make donation on Jarrell’s GoFundMe page.
A letter from Dr. Al Fuertes, Assistant Professor for New Century College
Thank you very much for you prayers and concern. As you may have known I was in the Philippines when the super typhoon hit the country. I just returned to the US the other day – emotionally and physically exhausted and overwhelmed by the catastrophic impact of the disaster on people and the country as a whole. The devastation was/is so overwhelming, it would take years to heal and rebuild. Many communities have not been reached yet by relief assistance and humanitarian services due to roads and bridges that are simply impassable. My home community, Surigao del Norte in northern Mindanao, was badly affected as it was right on the path of the typhoon. This led me to write this letter of appeal to all of you in case some of you may be interested in helping me out.
I plan to spend my Christmas and New Year offering my time and skills facilitating a series of trauma healing sessions, including trainings of local trainers in the Philippines, with victims and survivors of the super typhoon and the recent earthquake as well (7.2 magnitude which took place 2 weeks before the super typhoon). I am coordinating this effort with my partner organizations in the Philippines and will invite colleagues from the Philippines to co-facilitate with me. This is just the beginning of the long process of healing and rebuilding.
Will you help and partner with me? It is just that facilitating and conducting healing and resiliency sessions and workshops including training of local trainers who will then echo their learnings to local communities, requires a collaborative undertaking, and I cannot do it by myself alone. Many of those who have expressed interest in co-facilitating with me are also survivors of the tragedy; facilitating trauma healing workshops would be healing for them as well.
I will take full responsibility and accountability with whatever assistance you may want to extend, and will send you an update and report about it. If you plan to send financial assistance in a form of a check, please consider mailing it to the following (and kindly include your email address as well) :
UCC Wellspring (or Al Fuertes)
c/o 10418 Darby Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
For those who wish to donate online, please mail tax deductible donations at www.wellspringucc.org. In the memo line or the “special instructions” box designate donation for “Philippines Healing”
If you wish to send a check instead (tax deductible), you may send it to the following:
c/o 10418 Darby Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Memo: “Trauma Healing in the Philippines”
Note: I work as part time covenant pastor of UCC (United Church of Christ) Wellspring in Centreville. UCC Wellspring will turn over the donations for the trauma healing program that I am coordinating in the Philippines.
I am forever grateful for your support.
Here are some ways to that you can help with the relief efforts in the Philippines:
Source: The American Red Cross
Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year. The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. Currently, 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.
Click here to donate directly to the Typhoon Relief Efforts in the Philippines.
Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll from Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Romulo Godinez/PRC
The American Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. Since communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, the American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days. The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If you are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down. Please continue trying. If you are still unable to reach them, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case.
Philippine Red Cross volunteer rescue and relief teams are providing assistance in the hardest hit communities, including assisting in search and rescue efforts and distributing food and relief supplies to survivors. As Haiyan approaches Vietnam the Red Cross continues its relief efforts to communities affected by Typhoons Wutip and Nari, including an American Red Cross volunteer working there.
To support relief efforts for this typhoon, click here.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Many of us continue to watch, listen and read about the devastating tornadoes and storms in Oklahoma. Although the events happened more than 1000 miles away, we know that members of our Mason community—students and alumni—live in the affected areas and our thoughts are with them and their families. Tragic events such as these weigh heavily on all of us and we often want to know what we can do to help. As recovery and relief efforts continue, please find information on how you can help at http://masongivesback.onmason.com.
Each of us in the Mason community deals differently with events such as this. Students, you can call Counseling and Psychological Services at (703) 993-2380 should you wish to speak to a counselor. If you are a faculty or staff member, you can contact employee relations for assistance at (703) 993-3878.
Peter Stearns Rose Pascarell
Provost Vice President for University Life
The search and rescue mission continues this evening after a massive tornado touched down Monday afternoon. CNN affiliate KFOR reported that at one time, the tornado was estimated to be at least 2 miles wide, and the National Weather Service is also saying the scale of the tornado is at least EF4. This is the second most severe classification of tornado.It is clear the days ahead are grave for the people of Oklahoma and the need for help will be immense. There are several organizations already mobilizing on the ground in Moore, and you can help as well through these groups:
- The Oklahoma City Red Cross will open shelters as first responders assess damage. The organization says in the immediate aftermath, the best way to help is to donate at RedCross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.
- The Salvation Army has mobilized a number of emergency relief services in Oklahoma, including Moore, to dispense food, hydration and emotional support to first responders and survivors. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
- Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit that fights poverty, has sent a disaster relief unit and staff to help people affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma City. Find out how you can support the organization’s efforts here.
- Operation USA will work with Oklahoma’s impacted community clinics and hospitals to help replace lost equipment and supplies as well as make grants to the extent of available funds from the public to help replace health resources lost. Learn more here.
- Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization’s food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Learn more here.
- Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that deploys military veterans to respond to disasters, is sending teams to help with assessment and home repair. Learn more here.
- Global health and disaster relief nonprofit AmeriCares is also mobilizing a team to help in Oklahoma. Its emergency response team is headed to the region to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for survivors. The team is expected to arrive by morning.
Source: CNN andThe Huffington Post
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