Spread the Christmas Cheer- Let’s help the Typhoon Sendong victims

Everyone in my country thought that the 2006 Typhoon Milenyo (a lot of destruction, really strong winds, my village was they eye of the storm, no classes for two whole months, and no electricity and water for more than a month) and 2009s Typhoon Ondoy (wherein a whole month’s worth of rain was dumped on Metro Manila, washing away cars, displacing so many people and killing lots.)

Just last weekend, Typhoon Sendong (International code name Washi) swept through Mindanao, one of the three major islands of the Philippines, hitting the provinces of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. As of today, there are 1,000 dead and 46 people are still missing, much more than the death toll of Typhoon Ondoy. Families are displaced, many have lost their families, livelihood and their homes. There are many who are now in evacuation centers, but the centers also lack some facilities such as clean restrooms for the evacuees.

In the spirit of Christmas, let’s help as much as we can, be it through prayers, cash or donations. Here are some ways that you can help:

1. In-kind and cash donations through TV stations and other business:

Drop-off donations such as bottled water, food, blankets, and clothes are welcome in the following places:

 7-11 Stores. Cash donations may be coursed through 7-11 stores without service fees. Official receipts will be provided for the donors.

 Caritas Manila. Please call 563-9311 or 564-0205 for pick-up requests.

 Civil Relations Office at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Call 912-6615 or (0917)247-1252.

 GMA Kapuso Foundation. 2/F Kapuso Center, GMA 7, EDSA Diliman, Quezon City. Check their website for info on how to make financial donations.

 Kaya Natin/Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila Quezon City. Donations are welcome from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Wednesday.

 LBC branches worldwide. LBC will deliver your donations for free; please call 858-5999 to inquire about branches nearest you.

 McDonald’s stores in Metro Manila and Luzon. All stores are accepting in-kind donations.

 News5 Aksyon Center. San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. Please call 938-6393.

Cash donations may be sent through the following bank accounts:

BDO Peso Account
Account name: TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
Account No. 005310-410164

BPI Peso Account
Account name: TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
Account No. 1443-05333-2

 Sagip Kapamilya. ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Diliman, Quezon City. Donations may also be made online at www.abs-cbnfoundation.com.

Cash donations may be sent through the following bank accounts:

BDO Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39301-14199
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

PNB Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 419-539-5000-13
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

 BPI Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3051-1127-75 (West Triangle, Quezon City)
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 Drop Center in Metro Manila c/o StartArt Project. 10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon City. Tel. No. (0926) 711-2450

 UNICEF Philippines. Call 758-1000, 758-1442 or e-mail Mr. George Belardo at gbelardo@unicef.org for corporate donations.
Financial donations may be made through:

Metrobank Peso Account
Account name: UNICEF
Account Number: CA 066-7-06631209-3

For international wire transfers:
Account name: UNICEF
Account Number: CA 66-7-00141392-5
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

You may also donate through your mobile phone:
For SMART MONEY users, text UNICEFAMOUNT and send to 270   
(ex. UNICEF 200 &  send to 270).

For G-CASH users, text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit PINUNICEF and send to 2882         
(ex. DONATE 200 4-digit PIN UNICEF & send to 2882)

I also got this email from the Alumni Association of Ateneo (my university):

The Ateneo de Manila University through the DReaM Team (DisasterResponse and Management Team) and Simbahang Linkod ng Bayan respond to calls for assistance from various communities affected by natural calamities. Today, it is making a call for donations on behalf of the victims of typhoon Sendong, which has left at least 500 people dead and more missing. As in typhoon Ondoy, which two years ago flooded areas around the Ateneo de Manila Katipunan Campus, Sendong also hit close to home, with Cagayan de Oro City, home to Xavier University, among the areas worst affected by flash floods.

Your usual generous support is much appreciated. This time, donations in cash or check will be sent to the group coordinators on the ground to purchase the needed items in the vicinity of the affected sites. You may bring your cash and check donations to the Xavier Hall from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm. The booth will be open until December 23, the end of Simbang Gabi.

Other Channels of giving in Philippines pesos from within the Philippines

The Bills Payment facility of Metrobank at any branch
Donor fills out two copies of the Payment Slip and indicates the following details:

Company name: Ateneo de Manila University
Subscriber Name: name of donor as will appear in the Ateneo official receipt
Reference Number: DREAM Team
Subscriber number: 002
Mode of payment: Indicate whether cash or check
Amount of payment: indicate Php amount.

Giving checks or cash directly to the Ateneo
For checks, pay to the Order of Ateneo de Manila University FAO DReaM Team and addressed to Dr. Edna P. Franco, Vice President for Administration and Planning, Xavier Hall 2F, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108. Please indicate donor’s name and address so that an official receipt can be sent to the donor.

For donations in US Dollars, a wire transfer can be made via China Bank with the following details:

Beneficiary Customer: Ateneo de Manila University;
US$ S/A Account No. 101-732651-4
Beneficiary Bank: 803-3278-269; China Banking Corporation; Manila, Philippines;
Swift Address: CHBKPHMM

To deposit directly to Xavier University, you may deposit through their BPI Account:
Company name: Xavier University
Account #: 9331-0133-63
Branch: CDO, Divisoria Branch Account

For those who wish to donate in kind, you may bring the following to the Ateneo School of Government at the Socio-Development Complex:
Personal Hygiene pack:
o Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, handsantizers, 
Clothes and Blankets

LBC is also accepting donations in worldwide branches such as their branches in the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy.

 In Singapore, it’s LBC AirCargo: 04-077 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road, Singapore

For those who have PayPal, they can give monetary donations here:

#HelpCDO by CDO Bloggers: Paypal ID francis.siason@gmail.com
#oneforiligan by Iligan Bloggers: Paypal ID singcol.inquisitor@gmail.com
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns: Click here to make a Paypal donation via NAFCON

For those in the United States, you can help with your donations (checks) to these places:

  • North East: Checks Payable to “Philippine Forum”
    Mail to 40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY
    Contact: Michelle Saulon
    ne@nafconusa.org, (347) 8671550
  • Mid West: Checks Payable to “Good Shepherd Congregation”
    Mail to 4707 W. Pratt Ave Lincolnwood, Il 60712
    Contact: Lorena Nabua
    mw@nafconusa.org, (224) 6783415
  • Nor Cal: Checks Payable to “FOCUS-Filipino Community Support”
    Mail to 4681 Mission St. San Francisco, Ca 94112
    Contact: Angelica Cabande
    nc@nafconusa.org, (415) 9469904
  • So Cal: Checks Payable to “Tulong Sa Bayan (TSB)”
    Mail to: 519 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
    Contact: Alex Montances
    sc@nafconusa.org, (253) 3817444
  • North West: Checks Payable to “Pinay Sa Seattle”
    Mail to 5740 Martin Luther King Junior Way Seattle, WA 98118
    Contact: Freedom Siyam
    nw@nafconusa.org, (206) 659 – 1130

Let’s all get together and share this information with others who may want to help spread Christmas cheer to those who need it the most this Christmas. 😀

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