Donations to Flood Victims
Cash donations to flood victims and evacuees may be made to the Philippine Red Cross—I advise going straight to their website at www.redcross.org.ph, where there’s a Paypal donate button (you don’t need a Paypal account to donate, having a credit card will also suffice), and complete details on other ways to send funds and donations in like. There is also information on how to volunteer.
I’ve donated a lot of old clothes in the past, but if you’re doing so now, just to let you know, there’s a short note on the Philippine Red Cross website saying that they discourage donations of old clothes because they have more than enough to go around. It would probably be better to send canned goods instead, as much ready-to-eat food as possible, drinking water, and things that can help provide a bit of comfort, such as blankets, towels, sleeping bags, slippers, medicine and toiletries.
It’s great to hear that malls such as SM and Ayala Malls as well as a number of other establishments (check facebook, twitter!) are also accepting drop offs of donations. I also have great admiration for the rescuers that I’ve seen and heard about in the news, as well as volunteers, and news people who provide live coverage and helpful information.
I’m so grateful that our village and area generally doesn’t get affected by floods, that our power hasn’t been interrupted, and that the rain has stopped here. I’m really hoping that the rain scan stop in the rest of the Philippines as well and all the floods can start receding!