As a number of you know, my wife, Micheli, is from Cagayan De Oro, in the Philippines. Recently a devastating flood hit the areas of Cagayan De Oro, along with Illigan City. So far over 1,080 deaths have been confirmed, 2,000 are missing, and tens of thousands have lost virtually everything.
One of the first stories my wife told me was how one of her classmates posted on Facebook about the death of her six-year-old son, while she was in Hong Kong supporting her family.
In fact, there have been a number of pictures that friends have circulated on Facebook and Twitter about parents carrying their recently deceased children. Some families have been wiped out altogether, which is part of the reason why there are still so many unconfirmed missing right now. There have been a few cases where no one was able to report the missing family members because everyone was lost.
However, there have been numerous miracles as well! Including people found adrift miles away from the coast alive and well! Also, there was a mother who gave birth on the roof in the middle of the flood.
I generally would not be so direct about this, but I am asking for your support. The flood occurred on December 17th, just one short week before Christmas. That is a huge deal in any country, but as I have learned from my Christmases with Micheli’s family over the years, it is beyond a great event in the Philippines, where the celebrations last for days.
Micheli and I were planning on going to her hometown in the next few years, so I could see a little bit more of what she was talking about. It was something that we were really excited about, and plan to help her city in the future.
What is needed?
From my understanding they have some food, but they need pots, pans, socks, underwear, clothes, and the like. People forget that as much as food is needed, there is also a need for basic necessities like toothbrushes and toothpaste.
I am asking that if you have any of these items, please help out. It would be greatly appreciated.
How to Help!
Here are a few different options:
Philippine Red Cross (they are taking Paypal, and credit card donations)
Operation Tabong Sedong (this is Xavier College, where my wife went to school and they have been leading in coordinating the recovery)
LBC Express (the Philippine equivalent of FedEx.) They are allowing free shipping of goods to the Philippines. If you are in the Chicagoland area, we can gather up clothes and other items to help. If you don’t live nearby, you can coordinate an effort with people in your area. These shipments must be a full box of goods. Note: If you are interested, comment below, so we can coordinate. It is preferable to donate summer clothes.
If you could please spread the message about what happened in Cagayan De Oro that would be greatly appreciated as well. The more help the better. Especially in a time of giving, I see no better way than to help those who truly deserve it.
A nice concise article. We went to Xavier today and were very impressed by their efforts. Folk from the UK have sent us cash and we want to use it wisely and ensure it gets to those who needs it most. We have also tried handing out aid items ourselves on two occasions but realise the sheer scale is beyond our limited capabilities and is best left to the organisations you mention who will definately be getting our support.
Nick and Family
I am glad to see that the efforts have been helping people! Is everything getting better in the area?
I’m from the Philippines and I was very sad with what happened with my fellow filipinos in Iligan and nearby areas. As of now, little by little everything is going okay. It is good that people out there are getting support, but sad to say it is not enough for everyone. However, I am thankful for people like you are doing their best to help. I really really appreciate your help.
Thanks! I hope everything returns sooner. With all of the aid being offered there is a chance to make something special happen.
Where do you live in the Philippines?
I’m just wondering if this is still going on? I’m from San Diego and would love to help.
It is still going on. Some of the companies have stopped their support, like the free shipping. I believe there are still places to take cash donations.