Hope you are having a great day. Just a follow-up from yesterday. Some are asking on how we can help or what our students can do. Others sent donations through Catholic Relief Services, Red Cross, and other organizations. Fr. John, Tim Law, and the mission team scheduled a prayer concert and will collect donations for this cause on Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:30 pm at our church. Also, if you want to donate through our Sisters in the Philippines, please read the email below.
From Sr. Baybeth and Sr. Flor’s email to friends Philippines and abroad, November 12,2013:
Thank you so much for thinking of me, of my community and the sisters, of us all, of my country and people and for being one with us - accompanying us in thoughts, in love, in prayer.
As we face the dark reality of rebuilding (the survivors do not even know where to begin; local government officials cried on screen utterly helpless where to start) we lean into your heartfelt support. A lot of you are asking how you and your friends can help and where you can send your donations. My community is initiating a donation campaign around our village, and in the neighboring towns and cities in the province. The novices in two's went "house to house" donation campaign today at Fatima Village. We believe in the multiplication of what people are able to share. A single peso put together with other pesos can go a long way....
There are two ways you can send your donations to us. If in cash, you may send it through "bank-to-bank" transaction or through any Western Union. Whatever is convenient for you. Although the Western Union is a lot faster. Our bank account is BPI Dumaguete Branch, Dollar Account #1084-0111-65, Account name: Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady. If you send cash through Western Union, you may send it to me or Sr. Flor Pauline Duran, and please email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or to Sr. Flor at email@example.com
the tracking number. We will send to you in return an official receipt for tax deduction purposes.
Sr. Baybeth Marie Andaya or Sr. Flor Pauline Duran
Fatima Village, Piapi
6200 Dumaguete City
If you send used clothing and other personal and household stuff, you can send it through a door-to-door cargo company called LBC, or Atlas group which you can find in all Seafood City, among others. Our sisters in West Seattle (206 933 6439) can give you more information how to do this. The survivors need clothes, bed linens, towels, underwears, slippers, school bags, school supplies, rice, canned goods, bottled water, coffee, slippers, etc etc- practically almost everything a family needs to start living, and of course a house to stay. Right now they are staying in make-shift tents and partly open shantys.
Yes, we are deeply saddened but we are also deeply touched by your concern and support. We feel the collective love and comfort from all four corners of the world. Indeed, God's love is all around us. Thank you so much.
With deep gratitude -
You may also donate through our community here and we’ll send donations for you. If you need help or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us (Sr. Christine, Sr. Stella, or me) at (206) 9336439. In whatever way you decide to do, thank you all for your support to the Filipinos expressed in many ways. God bless you and your families always.
For those who would like to view, I tried to copy/paste a map for you. My island Negros Oriental (capital is Dumaguete City) is in the middle of Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Tacloban. These are the Visayas islands/regions. Hope it works:)
Link to the New York Times report
on the destruction.