Look, it’s 11/12/13!
I’m a sucker for dates, which I have proven through some of the posts I made in the past years (except for 11/11/11 — totally wasn’t able to blog then; I wonder why), and today is no different when I got home past midnight and started seeing tweets saying, “Hey look, it’s 11/12/13!”
So look, it’s 11/12/13!
I was thinking of something to write today on my way home last night — you know, something personal and thought provoking and maybe a little dramatic, something normal for me — and then it hit me how selfish it seems to think of that now, in the light of the recent events that happened in my country.
So none of that now. Today is a good day to start doing something. If you haven’t started yet, that is.
Last weekend, Super Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) wrecked havoc in the Philippines. I’m pretty sure everyone knows about this already, and if you haven’t heard, then here’s a little infographic from UN-OCHA to give you the facts:
We were spared in Manila, and my friends and family are all safe, too. But the typhoon hit the area of the Philippines that doesn’t have enough capacity to bear with this kind of storm. WAIT, SCRATCH THAT. There is NO place here that can really take that kind of typhoon and not come face to face with devastation. Not to mention that’s also the part of the country devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake a little less than a month ago. It’s just truly horrible and heartbreaking.
Today is a good day to start doing things, or to keep doing things. I’m a sucker for dates, and maybe you’re also amused with 11/12/13. If you want to do something different today, then I implore you: HELP. Every single help you can give is important and will go a long way. Donate your money, your time, your talent. This is not the time to be shy, or to think you can’t give something because everyone can give something.
It can be as easy as sending part of your salary/allowance for donation (and hey, it’s payday week, too). Or maybe even making personal sacrifices: bringing packed lunch to work so you won’t have to spend so much on food, or going for cheaper coffee instead of the overpriced ones for the rest of the month and giving what you saved to the groups organizing relief efforts. Or if you are going to eat out or get coffee, then dine at these places that promised to donate the proceeds for the typhoon victims.
Write about it, share information on your social media profiles.
Pray. And if you’re not the praying type, then just keep the people affected in mind for a few minutes in a day and let this be a factor in some of your decisions for the day.
Be kind, be patient, be gracious, be generous, be loving. Because we need to be this now more than ever.
We are never too poor not to give anything, or too powerless not to do anything.
Here are links to some places where you can help out:
- Philippine Red Cross
- Gawad Kalinga
- World Vision
- Catholic Relief Services
- LBC is accepting and will ship donations for free until November 30:
More links within these links (Most of them basically contain the same thing, so just take your pick):
- Rappler: #ReliefPH: Victims of Typhoon Yolanda need your help
- CNN: How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors
- Huffington Post: How To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors
And you can also check out #ReliefPH on Twitter to find places where you can help out. (Don’t forget to use your hash tags responsibly!)
Whenever a typhoon hits our country and leaves devastation, I always remember what happened to us in 2009. I know that is just a fraction of what happened now. If anything, that experience taught me a lot about empathy, because no one deserves this kind of devastation. My heart is broken, is breaking and — I never thought I’d say this — I hope it keeps breaking because as my friend Ida said on her Facebook: Let our hearts continually be broken so that we will not forget to get up from our comfort zones, open our hands and wallets, give our time and get down on our knees.
Please don’t let anything silence our love, especially now. Today is the day we need to be more loving, be kinder, more generous. Today is a good day to start doing things.
* Title credit: Switchfoot’s Hello Hurricane