If there is one thing that Filipinos are known for, it’s warm service and generosity of spirit. There’s always an abundance of food and food-to-go in a typical Filipino household!
My parents are from the Philippines. Even though our immediate family is safe from Typhoon Haiyan, the death toll is rising (1,000 confirmed, 10,000 estimate). Populations are displaced and people are in need of medical attention, food, and water. Not to mention, this poor third-world country is still suffering the effects of a 7.2 earthquake that hit a month ago, killing over 200 people, and destroying over 70,000 homes.
There is such great need in the world and I absolutely understand that we each have our special charities. If you have ever received a kind gesture from a Filipino (the heartfelt empathy of a doctor or a nurse, the smile of wait staff), I urge you to donate even $5 to assist in aid to the Philippines. Again, the Philippines is one of the poorest countries in Asia so even a few dollars goes far.
I have done some research and have made my donation to Direct Relief, which has been given a top rating from Charity Navigator. A phenomenal 98.7% of Direct Relief’s budget is spent directly on programs and services—an astounding number in the inefficient world of charitable giving. Compare this to Red Cross at 90.7%.
Here is the link to the Direct Relief donation page. I made my donation in less than a minute. Again, even a few dollars is such a big help. Thank you!