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How To Help Victims Of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Dear Friend,

They say that home is where the heart is, but right now my heart is in two places: Boston and the Philippines.

Boston is where I went to college and graduate school, raised our sons, and started Care.com. But the Philippines….that is my heritage, my history. It’s where I was born, where my parents raised my five siblings and me. It’s where my journey began. And today, most importantly, it’s where I sit on the board of the Philippine Development Foundation as we try to help lift a devastated nation to its feet.

As you know, more than 2 million families have been ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda and the death toll – already in the thousands – is expected to keep climbing. The Filipinos are a resilient, strong, and nurturing people but no one could recover from a disaster like this without help. 

And that’s where you come in. I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of you who have reached out inquiring after my loved ones and wondering what you can do to help the relief efforts, both individually and as business and community leaders. 

There are numerous wonderful relief organizations around the world who are stepping up to help. Here are three relief organizations with whom the Philippine Development Board has been in direct contact:

Ayala Foundation’s Disaster Relief: In partnership with local organizations, this program can help those in urgent need of support. Where to donate from the US: Feedthehungryphil.org.donate  (Select ‘Ayala Foundation – Disaster Relief)

Habitat for Humanity: Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has built and repaired tens of thousands of homes, assisted more than 5,000 families displaced by typhoons, fires and landslides and  completed over 300 classrooms. Where to donate: Habitat.org.ph

Save the Children: This organization is on the scene, getting emergency supplies to families and children -- and providing services to these communities to help them rebuild their lives and recover from this tragedy. Where to donate: Savethechildren.org

The spirit and generosity of the Boston community is known throughout the world, as is the rally cry, Boston Strong. That’s why I know we can count on you, and your colleagues as the Filipinos find voice to their own rally cry -- and begin the long road to recovery.

In friendship and with deep gratitude,

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Nov. 20, 2013
Nov. 20, 2013

Hi sheila,
Thanks so much for your care, support and gratitude
That you show among our own kind of people. It's Tough and hard times for our fellow filipinos. So muchTragic things happening in this world yet very devastating. Especially right now in the Philippines. I reach out my symphathy, care, support, hope and faith that god will help All that needs help the very most. And we shall all continue to pray for them and help one another. I think in this world and nation we should never forget to help others especially those in need. God bless everyone!

Nov. 20, 2013

Thank you for your message. I like your sincerity as you share your heart feelings with us. I can connect to this as I am myself immigrant and was trying to help my nation when affected by flood several years ago. Today, I have donated via American Red Cross to help the victims of the typhoon. My employer has 100% matching policy so my donation doubles. Keep up the good work.

Nov. 20, 2013

I want to donate lots of clothes for people in the Philippines. I want to know where I can go to do it. Please help me with some information about places.

Nov. 20, 2013

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

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