How to Help Philippines Typhoon Victims

 

You can send your donations through any of these organizations:

 

International Committee of the Red Cross

Philippine Red Cross                                        

World Food Program   or   PAYPAL

Unicef                                                              

Catholic Relief Services                     

Caritas Manila   or via   WIRE TRANSFERS

Oxfam

Save the Children

Doctors Without Borders

Action Against Hunger

CARE

Mercy Corps

Plan International

Habitat for Humanity International

Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development

Gawad Kalinga
is also accepting nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets.

The mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund
To help from US, text AID to 80108 to give $10 donation.

The International Rescue Committee
To help from US, text REBUILD to 25383 to donate $10.

World Food Program

World Vision

 

Finding a Loved One

If you are looking for information about a specific person in an area affected by the typhoon, Google has set up a PERSON FINDER PAGE, which can also be accessed by mobile device or text message. If you have information about a specific person affected by the typhoon, you can also use the PERSON FINDER PAGE to share it.

A Green Adventure with Dad

My father loves taking public transportation. When he and mom still lived in the Philippines, he insisted during my annual visits that we use the LRT in Manila to go to the big city from our home in provincial Bulacan. Of course, my mother and relatives did not approve. Dad and I went anyway, going to places of his childhood – Divisoria, Ongpin – when Manila was still, well, beautiful.

Light Railway Transit

  View from the station

Dad & I waiting for the LRT, 2.26.2010

Exploring Divisoria

 

 

Now, because of Dad’s daily need for dialysis, my parents live very close to me. Dad has not lost his desire for adventures using public transportation. He has a senior bus pass and regularly rides, even though he is still able to drive safely at age 81.
Yesterday, he and I decided to take public transportation to see the space shuttle, “Endeavor,” at the California Science Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Dad, armed with his iPad, Time magazine and senior bus pass, and me with my iPhone and Tap Card began our adventure. We walked from home to Sunset and La Brea to catch the 212 bus.
The Expo LineView of the Hollywood Sign

This ride took about 30 min. We stopped at Exposition and La Brea to ride the Expo Line.

I found the Expo Line station impressive. It’s clean, open and inviting. The train arrives every 15 minutes and has a nice view of Hollywood and the famous Hollywood sign.

Walking along The Rose GardenThe Endeavor

The Expo Line stops right in front of Exposition Park where California Science Center is located. Dad and I explored, discovered, learned, took photos, and lunched beside the Rose Garden.

After lunch we walked with our frozen desserts back to the Expo Line to head home. The whole trip one way took about an hour. We got home safely and in time for dinner with the family, featuring Mom’s menudo.

It’s inspiring how an 81 year-old contributes in his own little way to a greener Los Angeles. Making a small difference is possible and, in fact, quite delightful.