(Photo by John Lacson)
Wow! After more than a week of seemingly endless rain, flood relief efforts are now underway all over Manila. Donations in cash and kind are being collected in various drop-off points to help those badly affected by the rains, so if you’d like to donate items just find a drop-off center that’s close to you (it’s no use getting stranded in floods yourself in your effort to help others!). Items that are most needed include:
- Drinking water
- Instant noodles
- Canned goods (with can opener or easy-open tab)
- 3-in-1 coffee
- Juice (in tetra bricks)
- Medicine (paracetamol)
- Basic toiletries (soap, toothbrush, sanitary pads)
- Dry clothes (t-shirts, shorts)
And while plastic bags are not advisable for use in packing relief goods since they cause blocked drainage systems* when left lying around (try using old pillow cases or sheets that can serve a double purpose), large trash bags are still in dire need in the relief centers for collecting all the used, discarded items. They can also make great makeshift rain gear for those stranded and in immediate need of protection from the rain! Click wiki’s how-to here: “How to Make a Trash Bag Poncho”
(image from Keep Calm Pilipinas facebook page)
To offer aid, LBC is accepting donations of goods in its various branches nationwide, Binalot accepts donations as well as pledges for environmental-friendly packed meals (click here www.binalot.com), and Angel Brigade is accepting donations and volunteers for repacking goods at two locations: 1. Isdanco Foundation, 2/f Franck Provost Building, Jupiter Street, Makati and 2. Franck Provost, Molito Complex, Madrigal Avenue, Alabang.
For updated information, Google has created a crisis site with compiled comprehensive listings here: Google’s Crisis Response site for the Philippines.
Stay calm, stay safe, and stay dry everyone!
*Leaves blocked our drains at home. It’s not just plastic bags that clog drains, it’s every bit of trash (even biodegradable ones), so clean up after yourselves at all times.