The Philippines needs our help

If you can help, please do so.

By now, most of us have read the stories. We’ve seen the pictures. We’re aware of the damage in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan. Estimates of 10,000 dead. Homes destroyed. Towns wiped out. Survivors, some of whom had little before this disaster, are without shelter, food or water. Waves and winds combined to cause damage to at least six of the archipelago’s more than 7,000 islands, with Leyte, Samar and the northern part of Cebu getting the rose. It’s estimated some 4 million people were affected by the storm. It’s horrific. Devastating.

Sometimes, we get caught up in our own problems and worries. We anguish over our own misfortunes. And bottom line, many don’t have a lot to give to others. Many are struggling to just get from one day to the next. But what we face on Kauai can’t compare to what those in the Philippines are facing right now. And it’s likely there are families right here with relatives there.

If you can help, we encourage you to do so. Donate. Pray. Plan a fundraiser. There are many organizations mobilizing to assist in the Philippines, including the Red Cross, World Vision, UNICEF and Salvation Army. It’s true that the small donations add up, and many in the Philippines need help now more than ever. Whether a family, a business, a school or a church, please do what you can.

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