My Heart Has Broken into A Million Pieces & Your Help Will Be Much Appreciated

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I can not find it in me to blog anything about makeup ever since the biggest storm to possibly hit the world this year, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), has hit my homeland. I usually do not post or comment about events such as this here in my blog, but my heart and spirit are telling me to get up and do something. The typhoon did not directly hit our city, but it has devastated, ravaged, mercilessly wrecked the homes and more importantly, the precious lives of my fellow Filipinos in the affected areas. At wind speeds of 195mph and gusts of up to 235mph, even the strongest iron roofs were flying off houses and trees being thrown across roads. Add to that a storm surge that whipped up extremely dangerous waves reaching 7 meters high. What broke my heart and made me weep was seeing footage of people wailing as they stand helpless staring at their family and friends’ corpses being carried away by the gushing floods. Mothers and fathers weeping at the sight of their sons and daughters’ bodies they could not save from drowning. I can not imagine the anguish and despair they must feel in their hearts from this sad, inescapable fate. As of now, there are cities isolated with all systems down — electricity, water, communications— that would take at least two months to repair the damage. Many people are still missing, without knowledge if they are still alive, wounded or dead.

A NATION NEEDS YOUR HELP

I will not stand by and just see this happen without doing anything. I am determined to help out in relief operations and even go out to these devastated areas and offer what I can. Food to stave off their hunger, hugs for comfort, anything. Thankfully, my father is in a position in the military where I can really go out there and do this so I’m not just about to let that opportunity pass me by. However, my funds — with some help from  friends and families, can only cover so much. In line with this, I am asking you, dear reader, for any contribution you can give to help a nation slowly picking up the pieces left by the havoc of this catastrophe. Rest assured, all donations will go to food, equipment, clothes, etc. for relief operations. For international readers, I’ve created a Paypal Donate Button that will transparently track all pledges deposited through that link. For local readers, there are a number of charities accepting in kind and cash donations, I urge you know better than me what to do so I’ll leave you to decide for yourselves. With this, I am also asking local bloggers and readers who are willing to help me pack relief goods or donate in kind, to kindly contact me through this email: [email protected]. Will be setting up a relief operations camp by this week or the weekend to start packing and gathering after I’ve rounded up some money and in-kind donations from friends and family.
Thank you so much in advance.
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9 Comments

  1. Keiti Dontcare
    November 10, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing all this opportunities to help with us! I saw the typhoon on the telly, it was devastating. I really hope people will get back on their feet, little by little, with the help from others. Nature can be so ruthless.

    • November 11, 2013 / 5:08 pm

      You’re welcome, keiti. It really is devastating and beyond words. I hope for the same and I hope I can be part of this recovery and getting back up on their feet no matter how small my contribution may be. Thank you for your thoughts.

  2. vanessa
    November 10, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    I am very much willing to volunteer myself on the repacking and also to donate some.. Im an avid reader of your blog and Im a blogger too! Hope you can post the details. thank you!

    • November 11, 2013 / 5:10 pm

      Hi vanessa! Thank you so much, I’m still currently checking which relief operations places and gathering donations from family and friends. If youre interested, please email me at [email protected]. Will text you / email you the details. Thanks so much, dear! I really appreciate your spirit of volunteerism 🙂

  3. November 11, 2013 / 3:25 am

    When I first saw the news about Yolanda, the images broke my heart. It is so kind of you to create this and take it up on yourself to help with disaster relief! When I see posts like these, it really warms my heart 🙂 Tragic moments like this can really bring the people together and I hope progress will be made step by step.

    • November 11, 2013 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. Much appreciated, dear. What is amazing even after all this tragedy is youre right, how it brings people together to help one another get back up on their feet. I wish to be a part of this. Thank you again for your concern.

  4. November 16, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    Thanks for writing this post, Shari. You have a big heart. It’s dreadful that this has happened, nature can be so cruel and I hope that these kinds of disasters aren’t going to happen more frequently with out climate changes. It’s very scary to say the least..

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