‘Won’t hurt to take it down a notch on the gift-giving and send help to Sendong victims

It’s almost ritualistic. Every time a disaster hits the Philippines claiming lives in the thousands, the hat is passed around.

FilAms, who themselves are feeling the strain of the U.S. economy in their family budget, are once again being asked to chip in. There’s some grumbling here and there, some crying ‘donation fatigue,’ but always count on overseas Filipinos to be among the most generous in times like this.

The following organizations are seeking donations in any amount. Click on the links to take you to the donation page.

PhilDev (formerly Ayala Foundation USA)

Handang Tumulong Foundation

One World Institute


Gawad Kalinga

ABS-CBS Foundation

Sagip Tulong sa Pilipinas

Meanwhile, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said the best way to help the people of the Philippines is to “donate directly to an aid organization whose volunteers assess the needs on the ground and purchase relief items in the affected region, thereby supporting the local economy.” Jersey City is a neighborhood where many FilAms live.

He and Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro Jr. are partnering to solicit funds to help typhoon victims. They are suggesting that checks be made payable to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. For these donations to reach the survivors, all memo lines on checks must include: “Philippines Typhoon Washi Relief 12/11.”

Many thanks for spending just a little bit less on the gift-giving this year and reallocating that $20 or $50 to Filipino families crushed by Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi).

If there are others that wish to be included in this blogroll of charity organizations, please send us your details. – Cristina DC Pastor


  1. Tina LoGuidice wrote:


    Please include GK USA (Gawad Kalinga USA) on your list of organizations accepting donations for Sendong victims. Below is the link. Thanks much!


  2. Kirby wrote:

    Appreciate the blog post, thanks for this.

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