9.28.2009

How WE Can Send Help After The Storm (updated)

Each of us has a story to tell of that fateful Saturday morning storm.  After almost three days, thousands are still drenched and in dire need of assistance and immediate rescue. I feel so helpless, yet fortunate.  Helpless because I have friends who are still stuck somewhere in the sunken areas of Cainta and Marikina, and I cannot reach nor help them.  Fortunate because even after 26 1/2 hours without electricity, an almost 3-inch deep flood inside our home, my hubby who almost drowned in the car (after it floated and sank along the back roads a minute away from home!), we are still well and safe, warm and sheltered, and with food on the table. Thank God!


So how can we help? I applaud several friends who have already volunteered, posted help lines and drop-off centers for relief goods. I'm also thankful that many bloggers compiled a list where we can send any form of donation or assistance.

I have gathered (updated) the preferred relief items below:
  1. Bottled Water, other drinks
  2. Ready-to-drink Milk, expressed Breastmilk (see PGH below)
  3. COOKED Food / meals - with disposable utensils
  4. Ready-to-eat Food - breads/sandwiches, biscuits/crackers, hopia/mamon, hard-boiled eggs
  5. Blankets, Towels
  6. Sleeping Mats / Banig
  7. Clothes - for babies, kids and adults
  8. Toiletries - baby diapers, sanitary napkins, alcohol, soap/shampoo, toilet paper
  9. Basic Medicine supplies - kids' vitamins, paracetamol, antibiotics / skin antibiotics, insect repellent, meds for diarrhea (i.e. Hydrite, Pedialite - can also give Gatorade, Powerade)
  10. Slippers
  11. Candles, lighters/matches, night lamps/emergency lights/flashlights (plus batteries)
  12. Can Openers
  13. Trash bags / Plastic Bags
  14. Mosquito nets / kulambo
I just went to Puregold for some groceries earlier and found long queues of filled carts and mile-high cases of goods, which I assumed are to be donated. God bless them. But I kept wondering about the items they bought.  Just a thought here, and maybe you can re-think about the items to give:
  • Instant Noodles -- so where's the hot boiling water? pots or pans to cook them in?
  • Rice/Bigas -- how will the displaced and homeless cook this?
  • Canned Goods -- where's the can opener? better if it's the pop-top cans (like Hunt's pork & beans; sausage; meatloaf) so people can just flip the tab and open in an instant (Mega Sardines are now available in 'doy packs' - just tear, and eat!)
A congressman likewise urged on TV, to give cooked food instead of the instant (uncooked) variety.

Here are information I have culled, and some from concerned friends from Facebook and ICAyahoogroup:

LIBRENG TAWAG CENTERS

GLOBE:
1. OWWA's operations
2. Ever Gotesco Commonwealth

SMART:
1. Barangay Barangka Hall in Marikina
2. Ever Gotesco Mall in Pasig
3. Cainta Municipal Hall
4. San Mateo, Rizal
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Marikina Sports Complex, Enderun, Angel brigade-The Fort, Ateneo, Phil. Nat'l. Red Cross (Shaw, QC, Port Area), San Antonio church, Megatent-Pasig, LaSalle-Greenhill, GMA, ABS-CBN
 
Bring your relief goods to the center near you!


1. From ABS-CBN News.com
ABS-CBN HOTLINE
416-36-41

SAGIP KAPAMILYA
413-2667 / 416-0387
No 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City, Look for Ms Girlie Aragon
Bank: Banco de Oro, Mother Ignacia branch
Acct name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
Acct no.: 5630020111
ABS-CBN Foundation Inc for overseas donation: 1-800-527-2820 or www.abscbnfoundation.org
Routing code for international cash donations
BNORPHMM ABS-CBN Branch
In kind donation:
Drop off sites are at 13 Examiner Street or at Scout Bayona in front of Rembrandt Hotel.

ABS-CBN Foundation US Office Toll-Free 1-800-527-2820
Negros Navigation
from Mr. Edmund Gawchua, Manager
Negros Navigation is now accepting the transfer of relief goods from Mindanao to Manila for free for aid to victims of Ondoy.
Donations can be sent to Negros Navigation stations and offices nationwide.
2. From GMA Kapuso Foundation
2/F GMA Kapuso Center
Samar St. cor. 11th Jamboree St. Diliman, Quezon City 1103, Philippines
Contact Nos: (632) 9827777
loc. 9901/9904/9905
Telefax: (632) 9289351 and (632) 9284299
3. KALAYAAN HALL - Malacanang Palace, Manila


4. NCR COM RESCUE - 0922-5377155 


5. National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC)  
Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061. 
Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120.

6. ICA, Greenhills
UPDATE from ICAAA - any donations will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 2 from 8:00am - 4:30pm
Drop-off station - HS Covered Court, enter through Gate 2, and Gate 3B for those with cars.


As of Oct 1 - still in need of powdered milk, instant coffee, blankets and medicines for diarrhea, cough and flu. Please help disseminate.

7. CCF - accepting donations of non-perishable food, clothing and others. For details contact CCF at 6353510-17

8. Explorations Preschool - 928 Luna Mencias cor. Socorro Fernandez St., Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City
Keys Grade School - 951 Luna Mencias cor. Araullo, Mandaluyong
Both schools will be open on SEPT. 30 from 8am to 5pm to accept donations to be given to RED CROSS


9. Habitat for Humanity Philippines will be conducting a mini-soup kitchen at two Pasig Evacuation Centers. Volunteers needed from 6am-2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 2,3 and 4) to distribute arroz caldo. Please contact 8973069 or 0917-8260881. Please help find volunteers. 

10. "Give To Save" mission - Destination: Marikina.  Drop off point:  Truevine Ministry - 3/F 68 Carbal Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City. Contact No: 0951-59883210  Landline: 497-9997 

11. Operation Sagip Pasig - new location:  4A Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig (main street - across dampa). Welcoming donations of food, beverage, clothing, hygiene products, medicine. For more info or any questions, text 0917-5273616

12. Donations to Persons with Disabilities (PWD):
Bukang Liwayway Home - 945 Arlegui St. Quiapo. Call Mayette Garcia at 7225614 
Office of Sinagtala Homes for Boys & Girls - Provident Bldg. Annapolis St. Greenhills, San Juan. 
DLS-CSB - Taft Ave. Manila - Please indicate for SDEAS, c/o Giselle: 0917-5008836
Bahay Biyaya - 8 St. Michael St. New York Ext., Cubao, Quezon City, c/o Richard: 489-1572
Malaria Bldg. - Brgy 185 Malaria Bldg, Lagro, Kalookan (past SM fairview, near Del monte) c/o Dolly: 0928-7721108
For updates: http://www.facebook.com/l/c5538;www.deaf-benildeans.blogspot.com/ 
Pls. understand that PWD can't get relief through regular relief ops. They can't fall in line or be part of the crowd since they have limited mobility or information access.

13. Kindermusik's Teacher Jeannie & Co.- now collecting relief goods
Kindermusik studio:  Regalia Park Towers, 150 P.Tuazon cor. EDSA, Cubao. For more details on how you can help, please contact 913-5124; 0917-5368745

14. PGH - In dire need of expressed breastmilk. They will process donations and bring to evacuation centers. Many babies in the centers are suffering from diarrhea due to formula feeding (mothers are too stressed to nurse). Please contact Dra. Silvestre in PGH. Or Lita Nery 0918-5557565, 0918-5557565.
You may also go the PGH Milkbank at the 4th floor. Call 554-8400 loc. 3409. Ask for any NICU fellow.

15. "Donations On Wheels"
If you have donations to give but no means to transport (cash/clothes/ food/hygiene prods), pls. contact: Raine - 0917-7974098, Meg - 0932-6991794, Gerald - 0918-9791229.  They will deliver your goods to a relief center! Delivering HOPE to the Hopeless! (Metro Manila Area only. They will coordinate for trucks if needed for big hauls.)

16. Rone Valles - You can bring something prepared (cooked/ready-to-eat) to: Casa Verde, Lanuza Ave. Pasig before 11am tomorrow (Oct. 2). If not individually packed, send plates, cups and utensils. Please text Rone at *********** for coordination. Please inform her of the quantity of your donation.


17. San Antonio Church - relief operations to deploy trucks to Marikina at 3:30pm, Oct. 3. Pls. help out with goods and vehicles.

18. St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish Church, Magallanes - appeal from Fr. Benny Tuazon: 2,000 families in Malibay, Pasay need Biogesic (paracetamol), rice, canned goods, sugar, coffee, noodles and drinking water.

19. Grace To Be Born Shelter - 53 Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave. Poblacion, Pasig c/o Liz Franco:
As of Oct. 5 - There are now 9 babies orphaned by Ondoy.  Now collecting: Bonna infant formula, diapers, clothes, blankets for 9 babies. They are 3 weeks to 8 months old & desperately need your help. 
Text 0917-8129283 to coordinate drop-off / pick-up of supplies; or you may choose to go to the shelter.



20. The Hare Krishna food for life foundation is targeting to feed at least 500 families affected by Ondoy for AT LEAST ONE MONTH, 3 TIMES A DAY! 
They need raw ingredients such as:  monggo beans, bigas (rice), malagkit (glutenous rice), white beans, flour, brown sugar, elbow macaroni and tomato sauce. Please text Pio Baquiran at 0905-2652688 or send to Banuyo St., San Antonio Subdivision, Makati.

21. Mega Tent - #30 Meralco Ave. Ortigas, Pasig City
Still operational as relief center. Donations will go to the evacuees in Ultra.  In need of more volunteers.

NBS Foundation (National Bookstore) will donate P5.00 to the victims of 'Ondoy' for every Facebook fan or Twitter follower NBS has. If you want to help make a difference, tell all your friends and tell them to tell all their friends!

PAWS - opening its doors for homeless dogs & cats that were affected by typhoon Ondoy. 
Please have a heart and extend a helping hand to the innocent animals. You can also help by donating dog/cat food and cages/shelters with roofs. The shelter is located at: Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights Q.C. Telefax: 475-1688.

Another list here: http://www.yanswersblogph.com/b4/2009/09/29/how-can-we-help-victims-of-typhoon-ondoy/




I am re-posting below the list of drop-off centers and help lines.
MALLS AND COMMERCIAL OUTLETS

Aranaz Stores (Rockwell & Greenbelt) – accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (all branches) – canned goods, water, clothes, blankets, towels, medicine, and emergency supplies (no cash)

LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shangri-la, Eastwood, or GA Towers) - Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls)

MOONSHINE boutique (Rockwell) - accepting relief goods to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.

Papemelroti stores (91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall) – accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)

PowerPlant Mall – accepting donations for ABS-CBN Foundation. Drop-off at Admin Office, P1 level.

Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.

Starbucks Coffee is also accepting blankets, rice, instant noodles and bottled water. These items will be delivered to Ateneo de Manila University.

GOVERNMENT/RELIEF AGENCIES/ OTHERS

AKBAYAN - taking donations, call 433-69-33/433-68-31 to donate or volunteer.

BAYAN MUNA – bring donations to 45 K-7th St.. Bgy. West Kamias, QC. Tel 921-3473

Move for Chiz – asking for volunteers at Bay Park Tent, along Roxas Blvd., beside Max Restaurant and Diamond Hotel in Manila, or at Gilas Minipark at Unang Hakbang St., Gilas Q.C.

Worldvision Foundation – accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC. For $ donations, BPI: USD acct #4254-0050-08

Philippine National RED CROSS – click here for various ways to donate.

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan is accepting donations @ AGS Bldg Annex, 446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo. Contact Vina Vargas at +632917-8081247

WITHIN METRO MANILA

Makati

Assumption College (San Lorenzo Village) – Please drop donations off at the AC guardhouse.

Binalot (Greenbelt 1) – call Tetchie Bundalian at +632922-8573277

Whitespace (2314 Chino Roces Ave. Ext.) – Makati drop-off for relief goods

Mandaluyong/San Juan

CFC Center Ortigas (right side, immediately after you come down EDSA flyover) – open for donations in cash or kind. Call +632-7270682 to 87 or text +632922-2542819

La Salle Greenhills – drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc) at Gate 2 on Monday, Sept. 28, or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.

Xavier School – canned goods, bread, noodles. Please bring to Multipurpose Center (MPC).

ICA, Greenhills - Accepting donations and open to volunteers

Manila

Caritas Manila Office (Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge) - call +632-5639298, +632-5639308

MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) – Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies

Muntinlupa

Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.

Paranaque

Operation Rainbow (Zac Faelnar Camara) at Ayala Alabang Village - needs Canned Goods, Ready-To-Eat Food, Bottled Water, Ready-To-Drink Milk/ Juice, Clothing, Blankets, contact (+632-4687991)

Playschool International (47 Ghana St., Better Living Subd., Paranaque) - open to receive donations (NO CASH, PLS) for relief goods. Please feel free to send your donations there. Teachers/staff will coordinate sending these to the centers.

Pasig

Miriam Quiambao – drop off point: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message http://www.twitter.com/miriamq for more details.

Relief Efforts for Pasig at Valle Verde 1 Village Park – contact +632916-4945000, +632917-5273616

RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER (2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue) – Donations can be brought starting Monday, Sept. 28/9am – 7pm. Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at luzonrelief@gmail.com

Quezon City

ABS-CBN through Banco de Oro account number 56300-20111; account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation (NOTE: This account # needs verification because on the ABS-CBN Foundation website, the account # is 5630060113)
Ateneo de Manila University – cooked or ready-to-eat food, clothes, medicine, blankets, water. Donations may be dropped off at the MVP, University Dorm, or Cervini lobbies.

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health - accepting donations of medicines. A center in Pasig has more than 1,000 evacuees, mostly kids suffering from colds and fever. Call Louie Montalbo: (0918) 936-2095.

As of Oct. 3 - ATENEO COVERED COURTS TO RE-OPEN TODAY, 11 AM. Send goods and volunteers there.

Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) – Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)

Erica Paredes (Katipunan), +63917-4741930 – they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
Manor Superclub (Eastwood City) – will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10 am.

NoyMar Relief Operations – contact Clare Amador (+63928 520 5508) or Jana Vicente (+63928 520 5499). Drop-off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao. 8am – 9pm throughout the week until further notice. Donate drinking water, old medicines, clothing, blankets, canned goods, noodles. Volunteer to man stations and repack food.

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City) – call +632-4342397, +632-9290665

Philippine Army Gym (inside Fort Bonifacio) or GHQ Gym (Camp Aguinaldo) - now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.

Radio Veritas (Veritas Tower West Ave. cor EDSA) – call +632-9257931 to 40

Tulong Bayan, Cubao – needs clothes, salt and cooking oil in sachets: 0908-6579998, 0939-3633436, 9137122

UP College of Arts and Letters (Diliman) – Hotline: 09296454102 (Prof. Roselle Pineda). Look for: Guard on Duty (in UP CAL). Operations: 24 hours until Wednesday, Sept. 30, tentatively. Donate medicines, clothes, blankets, food to be distributed by Citizens’ Disaster Response Center.

WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES

MyAyala.com site for Jesuits (from Fr. Johnny Go) – You can use your CREDIT CARD and donate ONLINE. Go to www.myayala.com/sjph/. On the line “I would like to donate to:”, write “xs4ondoy“.

Red Cross Load Donations – Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. To donate, text RED and send to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart). You can donate 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 300 pesos.

TxtPower – now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal.

OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES

Ayala Foundation USA – click on their DONATION PAGE. Look for the link “partners’ profile and projects“, look for “Browse Organizations” dropdown menu and choose PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS.

MyAyala.com site for Jesuits (from Fr. Johnny Go) – You can use your CREDIT CARD and donate ONLINE. Go to www.myayala.com/sjph/. On the line “I would like to donate to:”, write “xs4ondoy“.

Worldvision Foundation – For $ donations, BPI: USD acct #4254-0050-08
This list was lifted from Fran as compiled by her friend, Jane, who will post her updates here. Much appreciated ladies!

Another blog I follow, Market Manila, has been involved in feeding programs and has already mobilized distribution of goods and cooked meals and appealed on his site. Learn more about it here and here.


The arrival of "Ondoy/Ketsana" was indeed a great equalizer, as quoted from Ricky Lo's article in the Star today, "sparing neither rich nor poor, neither the famous nor ordinary mortals." I purposely did not post pictures as they are too depressing. Just watch the news.

* As I was updating this list, a thought just came to mind, and maybe this was a sign for a bigger purpose...that I have reluctantly stored mine, and my kids' outgrown clothes over the past two years and always undecided as to how I can dispose them.  Then my boy's school is having a garage sale in a few weeks so I thought, "yes, THIS is the time".  Then came Ondoy. Instead, what took me two years have turned into minutes of quickly re-packing without hesitation, and decided to bring them all to ICA (my alma mater), plus packs of mamon tostado. Now I know the most needy among the children will receive them.

I believe our small gestures of compassion will go a long way as we continue to pray, do what we can to help, and hope for better days ahead.

Feel free to re-post link, and maybe share your contacts and add more to this list by leaving me feedback.

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