A few of us who blog on a semi-regular basis come together with the same objective from time to time. The Windy City Wonder and I have corresponded for couple of years now and he’s a frequent commentator on RoadDave. He’s posted a bit on his page regarding the situation in the Philippines and the urgent need for aid in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Marylou has several dozen friends in the Philippines from her job in the call-center business and has been to places like Bacolod and Cebu many times. Her colleagues are all safe so far, but many have families or relatives in Tacloban, the hardest hit area from the typhoon. Tacloban has basically been wiped off the map.
When these kinds of disasters go down what is needed is money. Not that the Red Cross is going from area to area handing out pesos, but so that the Red Cross can use their emergency supplies that are pre-staged now, then use your donations to replenish their inventory for the next disaster, wherever and whenever that might be.
The Red Cross is the preeminent disaster relief organization world-wide. The Canadian Red Cross, here, needs your donation for Typhoon Haiyan relief now. The Canadian government will match you dollar for dollar, so if all you can spare is $2, then the government will match your deuce, with another one.
I don’t do charitable outreach here, except in exceptional circumstances. This is one where your money can double and be put to urgent use now.
I’m asking you to donate if you can. I’m also asking you to repost, or link to this or Jon’s posting, to spread the word.