Haiyan Relief

"Haiyan Relief"

Much has already been said and written about Yolanda, the victims, the damages–and there are a dozen or so relief efforts already being done. I’m not a celebrity to organize my own donation drive, but I would like to write up a couple that I’m actively supporting.

Number one is Authors for the Philippines.

I don’t actually know how the drive started. I was just told of it by Alexa Loves Books over on Twitter. But I love what these authors (local and abroad) are doing for our country. They’re auctioning off a wide ranger of things to raise money; from Patrick Ness’s promise to name one character off his new book after a winning bidder, to the simpler autographed copies of books. These authors are awesome.

The auctions have already begun, and they will end on November 20.

Number two is the Books for a Cause sale happening this Sunday, November 17, at the third floor POS Building, Scout Madrinan, Quezon City–in front of Il Terrazo.

The sale is being headlined by prolific (and award-winning) director Jun Robles Lana alongside his husband Percy Intalan. They’re selling books from their personal collection, as well as books donated by the formidable RJ Nuevas, Elmer Gatchalian, and many others.

Again, the book sale will happen this Sunday, November 17, from 11 a.m. until supplies last.

There are a multiple of other ways to donate too, of course. You can donate through the Philippine Red Cross, the Kapuso Foundation, among many others.

If you want something in exchange for the money you’re donating, which you shouldn’t feel bad about, there are also a number of dine-for-a-cause establishments this weekend. There’s the Aid Couture auction and ukay-ukay being organized by the Philippine Red Cross.

A friend of mine is also accepting drawing commissions.

And that’s just some of them.

For those who can’t spare money to donate but want to help out, you can also volunteer your time in repacking stations like the Kapuso Foundation warehouse at Culiat, Tandang Sora; at the Ateneo Covered Courts; the DSWD office in Pasay; and many more.

There is no excuse not to do your part. But don’t feel bad if you don’t want to do anything. Don’t force yourself to do something you do not want to do.

Donate and help out through your own free will.