Op-Ed: Helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors this holiday season

Posted Dec 22, 2013 by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti
The Christmas celebration has changed for many in the Philippines since the country suffered devastation brought by typhoons during the last three Decembers.
U.S. Naval Air-crewman  assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the Super T...
U.S. Naval Air-crewman, assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan, by passing water containers to Filipino civilians
U.S. Navy photo
Some companies and organizations both in the Philippines and globally chose to gather all of their cash bonuses as donations for typhoon survivors. Different institutions and organizations that fundraise for charity events became even more determined to raise money and find sponsors or donors to be of help to the thousands of homeless in remote areas where the country's most recent typhoon, Haiyan, hit.
Typhoon Haiyan was the deadliest natural disaster in the Philippines and one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. It hit the region on November 8 and displaced approximately 3.8 million people. More than 1 million houses were damaged by the storm. As of this writing, 6,102 are confirmed dead and more than 1,779 missing according to a government tally. Ravaging an area the size of Portugal, $12.9 billion in damage was inflicted and 4.4 million people were left homeless
Information about giving, for this disaster and for other causes, is available online from the GuideStar database on nonprofit agencies and the website also rates organizations based on their financial health, accountability and transparency.
Well-known organizations providing aid include:
1. The International Committee of the Red Cross/Philippine Red Cross: Both are accepting donations and coordinating disaster relief on the ground throughout much of the central Philippines. The local branch of the organization regularly posts updates on Facebook and Twitter. For every Tweet sent with the hashtag #Tweet4Good through December 31, Twitter will donate $1.40 (up to a total of $35,000) in Twitter Ads to promote the @philredcross and their crisis relief efforts.
2. Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Relief Services has dispatched a team to the area affected by the storm and is accepting donations online. The organization will prioritize emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items potable water and toilets.
3. Caritas Manila: The Philippine branch of Caritas, a Catholic charity, is accepting donations online and via wire transfers. It is posting updates on Twitter.
4. To donate to the Salvation Army's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit its website. The organization uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief.
When Mavshack Philippines reaches 1 million new likes on its Facebook page, 1 million pesos will be donated to Radyo Veritas and Caritas Manila. All proceeds will be for Typhoon Haiyan survivors.