Tropical Storm Sendong (international name: Washi) brought 12 straight hours of devastating rains Friday night, causing flash floods and landslides that left Mindanao, Philippines with over 700 dead, hundreds more missing, and over 35,000 people displaced from their homes, according to the latest reports from the Philippine Red Cross and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Among the most affected areas are Cagayan De Oro,
Negros Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Iligan City , Zamboanga
del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Compostela Valley
In addition to offering our prayers, there are more ways to help. You may coordinate with the following for your donations:
1. Philippine Red Cross
The Philippine Red Cross is appealing for immediate cash assistance to support its relief and recovery efforts. Get instructions for online donations and other ways to donate from the PRC website.
2. Smart Communications, Inc.
Smart subscribers can send monetary donations to the Philippine Red Cross through text. To donate, text RED (amount) to 4143. Valid donation amounts for Smart are 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000. These will be charged to the subscriber’s prepaid load or postpaid bill.
Smart Money users can also transfer funds using their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account. Log on to the Smart Communications, Inc. Facebook page for the account number and more details.
3. Globe Telecom
Globe subscribers can also send donations via SMS. Text RED (amount) to 2899. Valid donation amounts for Globe are 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000 pesos.
Donations can also be sent via GCASH. Check out the Globe Telecom Facebook page for more information.
4. GMA Kapuso Foundation
Support Operation Bayanihan: Relief Operation for Victims of Flashfloods in
According to GMA, following rescue operations of the government, relief goods from
, Manila Cebu and are being
transported to Cagayan de Oro and other affected areas. Donations in kind such
as bottled water, rice, instant noodles, clothes and medicines can be delivered
directly to the GMA Kapuso Foundation repacking site: Capitol University Gym,
Corrales Extension, Cagayan de Oro City. Contact Armi Sobremisana at
088-8577933 or 0919-5749835. Davao
Cash and material donations can also be dropped off at the GMA Kapuso Foundation, 2nd Floor,
, GMA 7,
EDSA Diliman, Kapuso Center . You may
also call their hotline numbers (02) 928-4299 or (02) 928-9351. Quezon City
Cash donations can be deposited to Metrobank, UCPB and Cebuana Lhuiller branches as well. Log on to the Unang Hirit Facebook page for the account numbers and more details.
5. TV5 Kapatid Foundation
Send donations in kind such as food, clothing, utensils, water containers, blankets, mats and medicines to the News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 Office, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. For inquiries, call the News5 Aksyon Center hotline, (02) 938-6393. For cash donations, log on to the InterAksyon website for the BDO and BPI bank account numbers.
6. ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
Sagip Kapamilya also welcomes donations in cash and in kind.
You may send food items like rice, noodles, canned goods, biscuits, coffee and sugar, as well as clothes, blankets, mats and medicines to Sagip Kapamilya, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc., Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Diliman, Quezon City.
For instructions on how to send cash donations, log on to the ANC 24/7 Facebook page.
7. Gawad Kalinga
Gawad Kalinga has launched Operation Walang Iwanan Mindanao. For donations in kind, GK is preparing food packs. Each food pack contains the following:
· Three kilos of rice
· Four cans of sardines
· Five packs of noodles
To find out where to send cash and food donations, log on to the Gawad Kalinga website.
Donating slippers and other kinds of basic footwear would be good, too, as I read on Twitter that many of the people displaced are barefoot. They also need bath and laundry soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine napkins.