Donation drives and activities feed the Ursula victims with hope in the aftermath of a Christmas disaster. The Philippines as a first vast landmass fronting the Pacific typhoon belt, is hit by an average of 20 storms yearly while Ursula is the 21st storm to hit the country this 2019. The diabolic Disney character villain, Ursula, lived up to its name leaving havoc to Visayas regions. Reports of death reached to 28 counts according to the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Being hit by several disasters in a year, Filipinos are tagged with indestructible resilience surviving and thriving above calamities. The latest disaster by Ursula sets up an embodiment of 2019 Southeast Asian Games themesong “We Win As One” written by Floy Quintos and was officially launched on 11 July 2019. Several organizations both from private and public groups stand up to the challenge to conduct donation drives and activities for a cause to finance and send help to Ursula victims in the Visayas.
“A total of 4,650 family food packs were sent for Capiz and Aklan to augment to the resources of Local Government Units. Family food packs numbering to 1,650 were transported morning of Thursday for the Province of Aklan while 3,000 packs were already prepositioned in Capiz prior to the onslaught of tropical cyclone Ursula.” – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6
“In times of calamities, child protection remains on top of priority to address concerns on their recovery, debriefing and overall well-being. DSWD Field Office VI provides materials for Child-Friendly Spaces in evacuation centers of Pontevedra in Capiz and Balasan Iloilo, among the areas where tropical cyclone Ursula displaced families and damages houses.” – DSWD 6
A group of event organizers spearheads a “Hiking for a Cause” on December 29, 2019 at Sitio Maysawa, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. This activity constitutes to send clothes and goods to casualties in Pontevedra, Capiz. Anyone interested may contact Daisy Banasan-Wanna and Mark Anthony Talibutab for details.
Iloilo Models Guild opens up for volunteers to help repack the relief goods tomorrow. They are still open for donations. You may reach out to them on Facebook.
The Social Advocacy and Community Engagement Office (SACEO) and NSTP of University of San Agustin also called out for action. They collected bottled waters, hygiene kits, coffee and milk in sachets and toys for kids. Donations will be gather at SACEO office (Dolce Garcia Hall, in front of the Registrar’s Office) today, December 27, 2019 from 9AM- 5PM.
Ever Lasting Friends (ELF) Iloilo with NUEST Iloilo will have a donation drive today, 27 December until tomorrow 28 December at SM City Iloilo. You can reach through a Facebook message to MJ Dela Pena for details or check the image below.
DC Autoworkz Off-Road and Car Accessories in Iloilo City is set to go up north to bring relief goods. You may join and bring your goods in Quitin Salas, going Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City. Reach out through their official Facebook Page.
The Jaro Archdiocesan Youth Commission (JAYC) also called for donations to help fellows in the Northern Iloilo. They encourage hygiene kits (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, napkin, bath towels, etc.), and school supplies for children who will return to school on January. Donations may be delivered at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Tanza, Iloilo City. For cash donation through banks, kindly check out their official Facebook Page for the details.
Couples For Christ Answering the Cry of the Poor (CFC ANCOP) also called out for donations. You may donate online through their official website www.cfcancop.org or bank donation. You can reach out through email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
These efforts can collectively send out immeasurable support to the affected areas. Check out donation drive activities in your area. No big or small efforts as we are augmenting resilience and survival for the Ursula victims. Let us help our fellows and spark a little hope for them as they welcome 2020.