Philippine Typhoon Relief Efforts

The Philippines now faces a grim recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history which hit the Philippines November 8, 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families devastated by the typhoon.

To aid with the relief efforts, Mabuhay! Philippine Cultural Community has organized the following ways we can help:

Donate money.

Please make checks payable to “Catholic Relief Services”.

How to send us your donations:

  • You may mail donations to Mabuhay! PCC, c/o Tess Soliven, 2901 Corvallis Crescent, Indianapolis, IN 46222.
  • You may also bring donations to International Festival Nov. 22-24 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Nationalies Council of Indiana and Mabuhay! PCC will have secure monetary donation boxes available at their booths.
  • Donations will be accepted at the Mabuhay! PCC Pasko Celebration Dec. 8.
  • Eduardo’s Filipino Restaurant (2412B E. Raymond St., Indianapolis, IN 46203) will also have a secure monetary donation box.

Mabuhay! PCC will send a check to Catholic Relief Services on behalf of all donors to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. For information on how Catholic Relief Services will use donated funds, visit www.crs.org.

Donate clothing, toiletries (i.e., toothbrushes, toothpaste) and other items, now through Nov. 25.

Thank you to Jason Paro of LBC for making this possible.

How to donate items:

  • The Nationalies Council of Indiana and Mabuhay! PCC will have secure donation boxes available at their booths at International Festival Nov. 22-24 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
  • You may also drop items off at 4409 Strawflower Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203.
  • If you wish to donate items, please contact pcc_indy@yahoo.com, and a board member will pick up your items and box them.

When donating items, please keep these considerations in mind:

  • In most cases, cash is better because it is cheaper to buy the items they need in bulk.
  • When giving clothes, keep in mind the Philippines’ hot climate. Also, clothes should still be in good condition.
  • Soap items should be anti-bacterial, not cosmetic. One example of an item to donate is anti-dandruff shampoo.
  • When giving food items, canned goods should be in easy open cans because the victims have no can openers. Also, avoid giving noodles — the victims need ready-to-eat food.

Sponsor a balikbayan box, now until Nov. 25.

For $10 per box, Mabuhay! PCC can ship boxes to Chicago then to the Philippines with items to help typhoon victims. Thank you to Jason Paro of LBC for making this possible. Send checks to Mabuhay! PCC with “Balikbayan box sponsor” on the memo line. Mail check to Mabuhay! PCC, c/o Tess Soliven, 2901 Corvallis Crescent, Indianapolis, IN 46222.

Take a Zumba class.

BB’s Zumba
2-4 p.m.
401 E. Center Cross, Edinburg, IN 46124
bfrey.zumba.com
Starting Nov. 17, do some Zumba with Bernadette Frey, and all donations from these classes will be given to Mabuhay! PCC to be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

Do some Zumba and line-dancing.

Dec. 7
4-9 p.m.
528 Main St., Beech Grove, IN 46107
Do some Zumba with Yollie Olivares and learn some line dances with Maria Manalang. All donations from this class will be given to Mabuhay! PCC to be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. These efforts will continue through 2014. We are truly grateful to all individuals and organizations who have wanted to be involved with the relief efforts.

If you have any questions or concerns or want to know how to get further involved, please contact us at pcc_indy@yahoo.com.

Many thanks to the following donors:

  • Dr. Gary Gagliardi
  • Turkish American Society of Indiana
  • Liberia Progress Foundation
  • International Festival (Cash donation box Nov. 23-24, 2013)
  • Indiana Okinawa Kenjinkai
  • Eileen Tsai

Many thanks to the following people for their assistance in the relief efforts:

  • Mary Grace and Jeff Pederson
  • Gemma Britton
  • Darwin Manalang
  • April Marie Mirasol
  • Nationalities Council of Indiana
  • Prayerhouse of the Virgin of the Globe
  • Jason Paro with LBC
  • Yollie Olivares

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