i brought a bunch of new stuff to dream and barefoot contessa recently :D please go check it out if you are so inclined...
mmm. i got some business cards from vista print in the mail today.
im making stuff today. mainly, necklaces. maybe i will set up my sewing area a bit better too cos now i have my serger again :D
my shop was offline cos i paid late, but its back online now... yay. hmm. i was thinking of donating some sales (if any) to the flood victims. like, maybe 25% of the item total. till nov. i wonder if ill get any online sales by then? ha.
its so rainy today.... but not as rainy as it was in manila a few days ago. yikes. have you seen the destruction brought upon by the massive flooding? that typhoon ketsana is one mean whirlwind.
lots of people in manila are donating and running relief operations but there are so many people that need help its going to take a long time to rebuild.
there are a lot of ways to donate, specially through the philippine red cross and unicef.. (also, the salvation army here)
on youtube, check out the related videos, gosh there are tonnes....
apparently ketsana hitting manila is twice as worse as hurricane katrina in new orleans :C
grass roots and the public help better than the government... http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=496123
Those of you residing OUTSIDE OF THE PHIILPPINES, you can HELP too.
1. IN KIND DONATIONS: (Most urgent needs)
Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water
Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases
Non-food items: Adult/baby clothes, baby formulas, diapers, bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap
Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair
2. MONETARY DONATIONS
*CASH or CHECK
Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross. We can also arrange for donation pick-up.
* BANK DEPOSIT
Account Name: The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross
Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM
BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS
Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 4991-0010-99
Type of Account: CURRENT
BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS
Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
Type of Account: SAVINGS
Swift Code: BOPI PH MM
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.
Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:
Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.
* Online Donations, visit our website at www.redcross.org.ph .
Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.
hyperlink to Philippine Red Cross below
Please call the Red Cross nearest you & ask how you can help...
American Red Cross 1-800-435-7669
Australian Red Cross 1-800-811-700
Canadian Red Cross 613-740-1900
British Red Cross 0844-87-100 87
German Red Cross +32-16-89-60-60
UNICEF provides immediate assistance to children affected by tropical storm Ondoy
MANILA, 29 September 2009 — UNICEF has provided about Php 6,908,330 million in supplies to address the urgent needs of affected children and their families in the wake of tropical storm Ondoy. Within 24 hours of the storm hitting Manila, UNICEF supplied food and non-food items, as well as temporary shelter to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to flood-stricken communities.
UNICEF expressed great concern over the growing number of children and families affected by storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana) which dumped a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours, flooding 25 per cent of Metro Manila and affecting more than 24 provinces around the country. The death toll has risen to 240, and is expected to still rise as relief and recovery efforts continue.
Data from the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) revealed that around 1.8 million people were affected, with 600,000 people being relocated in around 600 evacuation centers. Some families are still trapped on upper levels or roofs of houses awaiting rescue.
“Our hearts go out to the thousands of children and families who have been affected by the storm, whether they are still trapped in their homes or living in evacuation centers. This is a very difficult experience for any child, especially for those who have lost their loved ones,” Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF Representative, said.
UNICEF is in constant coordination with the government and other humanitarian agencies to deliver much-needed goods and services to the displaced. They formed part of an assessment team composed of emergency specialists and have travelled to many sites today to find out how children are being affected by the massive flooding.
© UNICEF Philippines/2009/Alquinto
“I visited the flooded sites of Taguig, Mandaluyong and Quezon City today, and was shocked by the level of devastation in many communities. But what also struck me was the amazing co-operation and generosity of the people of the capital, who have opened up their homes to assist others less fortunate in their neighbourhoods," Tobin said.
“Water and sanitation are issues that need immediate action. In the next 48 hours, we will be delivering 2,000 more hygiene kits, essential medicines, water purification tablets, portable toilets and family kits containing blankets and soap to aid in relief efforts. We are also helping the government and other humanitarian agencies to address gaps in the delivery of aid to those affected,” Tobin added.
UNICEF is now appealing internationally for US $ 3.5 million for the children and families affected by the storm. The funds will be used to purchase additional water kits and essential medical kits to ensure safe drinking water and to prevent outbreak of diseases.
As the relief and recovery efforts continue, UNICEF is concerned about the storm’s long-term effects on children, including health risks posed by the widespread flooding, as well as the two tropical storms heading for the same area, and likely to hit land on Thursday or Friday.
UNICEF is accepting cash donations through its Metrobank account: UNICEF C/A 066-7-06631209-3 in response to the victims of tropical storm Ondoy. Call our hotlines at (02) 758-1000 and 758-1442 to find out more ways to send your donations.