Friends, as you all know, last week a terrible typhoon swept across the city of Tacloban in the Philippines, leaving major destruction and pain in its wake with an estimated 100,000 people dead and countless others without access to clean food and water. As is usually the case after such natural disasters, additional problems arise, such as looting and other types of crime, including human trafficking because children are (almost) completely vulnerable. Rebuilding the country, both physically and emotionally, will take years. This is a tragic situation.
But thankfully, the rest of the world is most assuredly rising to the occasion to help our brothers and sisters; there is no shortage of humanitarian/ philanthropic causes (many of which are reputable, efficient, and effective) working even as I write this.
My dear friend Tori, who served her LDS mission in Tacloban, is strongly connected with one of these causes. She created a Crowdrise event (click here for it!) to fund-raise for this cause with the goal of raising $5,000. We are currently at about $4,600. All of the proceeds (read 100%) will go first to the humanitarian fund of the Mormon Church, and then will be wisely allocated to bring relief to those who desperately need it.
Listen, even if you think the LDS faith is crazy/ weird, it is a globally accepted fact that Mormons are extremely efficient in disaster relief. Not to brag or anything, but after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, we were on the scene before the American Red Cross. We know how to get things done. And get them done well.
As a writer/blogger, I must be ever so judicious about promoting social causes. However, I fully support this one and donated myself. And friends, we are so very close! Less than $400 to go!
So now I am asking you to please donate. Please. These are our brothers and sisters. They need us. Here is the link, once again.
Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy great care,
how can I see another’s lack and I not share?
-LDS Hymn #219