We all want to do good and help the less fortunate in times of need.
Just like the spirit of volunteerism that spontaneously happened during 2009’s Typhoon Ondoy, last week’s non-stop rains also saw people pitching in to help.
For those who’d like to help by donating, here’s a guide to the kind of relief goods people need during these trying times.
Usable clothes. Don’t donate old gowns or clubwear. People need clothing that will make them feel comfortable. So forget the flashy.
Clean water. Drinking water is probably the most needed item during relief operations.
Ready-to-eat food. Don’t donate anything that requires recipients to cook them or use fresh water to prepare.
Diapers and milk. A lot of families evacuate with their babies but people who donate often forget to provide for infants. Opt to donate milk in cartons as opposed to formula, so victims don’t need to look for water.
Medicines. Being stuck on a roof or walking through the flood can take its toll. Over-the-counter meds for headaches, flu, cold and cough are needed. Note of caution: DO NOT DONATE any prescription-only medicines.
Re-usable bags and containers. Using plastic and styrofoam promotes the vicious cycle of trash causing drains to clog and contributing to floods. Use recycled bags or empty milk or soft drink cartons to pack and transport goods.
Toiletries, towels and personal hygiene products. Toilet paper, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, underwear and sanitary napkins would be appreciated by people who probably haven't been able to clean themselves for days. Wrap them up in individual kits.
Garbage bags. Making a mess after a disaster helps no one. Give garbage bags so people can dispose of waste materials properly.
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Erica Paredes has been working in the publishing industry for almost a decade as a fashion and beauty editor, newspaper columnist, stylist and make-up artist. Nowadays she juggles her time between food and fashion, beauty and travel plus mommy duties to her 8 year old daughter.
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