As the country is hit with another calamity, the spirit of bayanihan shines through once more with these relief efforts.
With everything that has been transpiring since early this year, Filipinos continue struggling to survive one crisis after another. Recently, super typhoons left massive destruction over different areas in the country. Despite the exhaustion over rebuilding lives, there is one thing that Filipinos would never get tired of—taking action to help fellow countrymen. The past few days witnessed the rise of donation drives from companies and organizations. This time, individuals and families are stepping out from the comfort of their homes to reach out to affected communities. From auctioning pre-loved pieces to preparing hot meals, here are some of the ways they help (that you can support as well).
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The celebrated Filipino interior designer is raising funds through his eponymous company Vito Selma HOME in partnership with Kids For Kids PH. Starting November 16, there is a 25% discount on selected pieces with 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase the immediate and long-term needs of affected communities. As of writing, the first day of the fundraiser already garnered P208,500. This will be forward to Kids for Kids PH as the non-profit organization reaches out to communities.
The style icon auctions off her pre-loved designer pieces to help the typhoon victims. Through her online shop Maison Love Marie, Heart matches the final amount of the item it was sold for with her own savings. She donates all these to existing charities while the proceeds of the auctioned items go straight to relief drives for typhoon Ulysses victims.
Audrey Tan Zubiri
Audrey’s three children, Adriana, Juanmi, and Santi have started their own relief drive. Called Project Hawak Kamay, the home-based organization aims to help 160 families of jeepney drivers who were displaced during the typhoon. Through Batibot School Relief Center in Marikina, the initiative hands out eco-bags. Each bag includes rice, canned sardines, powdered milk, alcohol, soap, and a monggo pack. A sponsor also includes 10 packs of instant noodles in the first 160 eco-bags. For their second wave of donations, they are targeting to pack 500 bags for families in Cagayan Valley.
The Aivee Clinic
Through their #AiveeCares, the illustrious clinic will be adopting families from Isabela. This covers areas in Fugu Norte, Fugu Sur, Malamag East, and Tunggui where over 600 families were affected by the devastation of the typhoon. The cash and in-kind donations or supplies will be sent to trucks and driven to the far-flung areas of Isabela. Beyond this effort, Dr. Z and Dr. Aivee Teo are also helping out in personally cooking and distributing hot meals in Marikina. Together with Ferdi Salvador and the Aivee Clinic team, they are spreading love and sending out warmth to struggling families.
The founder of Float Swimwear, a line of timeless, minimalist, and chic swimsuits, is donating the label’s November 11th sales to those who lost their homes from the recent typhoon. In an Instagram post, the swimsuit label empathizes with individuals and families struggling to rebuild their houses and restore their livelihood. Through the donations, Tracianne and her team hope it can help these affected families.
Scarlet Snow Belo
The smart and charming 5-year-old daughter of Dr. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho is actively lending a hand in this time of crisis. She helps out the team of Belo Medical Group in packing relief goods for Marikina. As she is well-known for her day-to-day life videos, Scarlet is also encouraging her audiences to donate and give supplies as much as possible. Rather than splurging on expensive Christmas gifts for loved ones, she knows it is better to spread the spirit of joy and love by helping those in need.
All photos are from the respective Instagram accounts of the personalities.