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The Season of Giving: Helping The Philippines

Source: www.nbcnews.com

As we all know, a massive typhoon has struck the Philippines leaving over 10 million people in need of aid. CBS reported that over 2,300 people are confirmed deceased and this number is only increasing. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here are some ways that would we all can give a helping hand this holiday season.

  1. Social Media Helps Out

Source: www.facebook.com

As college students, I’m sure all of us check our Facebook every single day. Through the American Red Cross, Facebook has put up a banner at the top of the screen. If you click this, you can automatically donate $10.00 to go towards helping the Philippines.

Another social media task people can do is by reposting this picture:

Source: www.peoplewater.com

By posting the photo above on Instagram or Twitter and hashtagging “#peoplewater,” the company People Water will donate $1 dollar for every repost. Check out @hercampusuci on Instagram to repost the picture from us!

  1. Red Cross

Red Cross is well known for their aid and efforts in helping those affected by natural disasters and the typhoon in the Philippines is no exception. According to their website, The American Red Cross has already been focusing on reconnecting separated families while the Philippine Red Cross has volunteers distributing necessary relief items. They also have volunteers on a search and rescue in the devastated areas to look for and help survivors.

Source: redcross.org

To donate to this cause and find out more information click this link:
http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Sends-Support-to-Philippines-for-Typhoon-Response

Source: www.soccergrow.org

  1. UNICEF

Focusing more specifically on the over 4 million children affected, UNICEF helps provide necessary care for these children to survive.

To donate to this cause and find out more information click this link:
https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=16500&16500.donation=form1

Source: www.betterworldjunk.com

  1. Habitat for Humanity

This organization focuses on rebuilding the homes for all the victims who have no shelter. On their website they hope to help 30,000 families who are desperately in need of a new home.

To donate to this cause and find out more information click this link:
http://www.give2habitat.org/philippines/ReBuildPhilippines

These are just a few organizations that are helping out in the major relief effort the world has put together to help the Philippines and those devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. For more information on how to give I found that these two news sources were quite helpful.

NBC: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/13/21386694-how-to-help-organizations-offering-relief-to-typhoon-haiyan-survivors

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57611684/typhoon-haiyan-typhoon-yolanda-recovery-how-you-can-help/

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, please reflect on what you are thankful for this holiday season and think of any small way that you can give back.

 

 Stacy Ikeda is a 4th year Psychology major at University of California Irvine.Her favorite past times would have to be shopping, taking long strolls along the beach and writing for HerCampus. 
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