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Give Love This Christmas

Christmas is a time for joy; for peace and kindness; for giving and sharing and for reuniting with families and friends. But most importantly, Christmas is a time to give love and celebrate God’s love. Up to this day, we are reminded of this when we hear the song popularized by Jackson 5 entitled “Give Love on Christmas Day.”

So how do you really do this? How do you show love to others? Allow us to tell you the ways:

•  Give to the less fortunate. You may donate cash or in kind or better yet, pick an orphanage and throw a Christmas party for the kids. This way, they will surely feel that they are loved and that someone still cares for them.

•  Visit a sick friend or relative. Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Sometimes, with all the things that we need to do like buying gifts and preparing for Noche Buena, we tend to forget those people who needs our attention and who needs some tender loving care. If you know someone who is ill or who is fighting for his/her life, go ahead and pay a visit. You will not only put a smile on his/her face but you’ll also give him/her hope that his/her health will get better soon.

•  Be a volunteer for charity. Even if news about the Typhoon Yolanda has died down, there are still plenty of our fellowmen who needs help. Many organizations are still looking for volunteers on packing relief goods. Go ahead! Share your time, effort and make the typhoon victims feel the love this Christmas.

•  Forgive. This is a very strong word that’s very difficult for most of us to do. This Christmas, in order to give love, we should free our minds and hearts from past hurts. So, forgive those who have wronged you. Ask the Lord to heal your heart so that you can move on and feel alive and free again.

•  Join the 1000 Bearhugs Project. Give lots of hugs to the children who were displaced by conflict or disaster. If you have kids who have extra plushies that they don’t play with that often, show them how to give love this Christmas. Tell them to donate their stuffed toy to the 1000 Bearhugs Project. Make them realize how blessed they are and let them know the importance of giving and sharing. Click here to know more about his project.

•  Sponsor a less fortunate family’s Noche Buena. This family may be a friend or a relative of yours or maybe just a family within your neighbourhood or community. If you know that they don’t have much food to put on their table this coming Christmas Eve, why not be their sponsor? Buy them fruits, ham and Queso de Bola. If you want to stretch it, order food and have it delivered to their house. If you’ve got a huge place, why not invite them instead to your house for Noche Buena? This is a sure fire way of giving love this holiday season.

These are just some of the ways to give love this Christmas. We know there’s more. We’re so used to giving gifts this season. Isn’t it nice to veer away from the usual and really give from the heart?

Aid for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Victims

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left a devastating mark in the Philippines. It has been estimated that 9.5 million people have been affected and around 600,000 have been displaced. It is also feared that deaths might reach 10,000. Aside from the government, countries all over the world are extending their very best to help in the relief efforts and in the restoration of life and living in the devastated areas of the country. So wait no more and don’t hesitate to extend your helping hand. Here are ways on how you can help:

Donations can be coursed through:

1000 Bearhugs – Join their toy drive campaign and bring huggable toys to the children via this link: http://www.1000bearhugs.org/

Ayala Foundation, Inc. – Online donations accepted at Feed the Hungry website.

Citizen’s Disaster Response Center – Appeal for donations and volunteers at 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes, Quezon City. Call 929-9820 for inquiries.

Department of Health – You can donate, volunteer or extend any form of assistance. Please call the DOH Health Emergency Management Staff in the Central Office through the following numbers:
Hotline: 711-1001, 711-1002
Trunkline: 743-83-01 local 2206, 101
MobileHotline: (0920) 949- 8419

DSWD – NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP). Cash deposits accepted through DSWD Bank Account at Landbank of the Philippines No. 3122-1011-84 (current). Volunteers also needed for repacking of relief goods. Interested volunteers may call 9318101.

Gawad Kalinga’s Operation Walang Iwanan: Typhoon Yolanda – Donate cash or in kind or be a volunteer. For more information, visit this link: http://gk1world.com/typhoon-yolanda

LBC Express – All their branches are open for donations until November 30. Click here to know more.

mGive Foundation – Be a part of their response and recovery efforts. Click this link now.

Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development – They are accepting donations and seeking for volunteers. For more information, visit this link.

Philippine Red Cross – Donate online through: http://ushare.redcross.org.ph/

Ronald McDonald House of Charities Philippines – Accepts donations in cash or in kind. Visit their website for more information.

UNICEF – Send help to the children through their website.

Unionbank’s Ushare – Partnered with Aboitiz, Philippine Red Cross, De La Salle University, Caritas Manila and American Chamber Foundation, this portal is dedicated for donations to Typhoon Yolanda victims. Visit the site now at http://ushare.unionbankph.com/

World Food Programme – Join their fight against hunger. Donate now.

World VisionDonate online through their site.

Also, here are other useful sites and links related to Typhoon Yolanda:

If you want to locate a missing person, here’s Google’s Person Finder. For information on relief and evacuation, go to Typhoon Yolanda Crisis Map.

Lend a Hand to Typhoon Maring Victims

More than one million people and more than 220,000 families have been affected by Typhoon Maring. Because of this, we urge everyone to share their blessings and extend a helping hand. We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are accepting donations for the flood victims or seeking volunteers. Read on and see how you can help:

Department of Social Welfare and Development
In need of volunteers at DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City. You may give them a ring at 02-8528081 or 02-8512681.

Philippine Red Cross
Visit their website http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate for ways on how to donate cash or in-kind.

World Vision
Has started their relief operations and has put up a page where you can donate online: http://worldvision.org.ph/forms/help/index.php.

LBC Foundation
You may drop off your donations to any LBC branch worldwide. Check this link for the list of their branches: http://www.lbcexpress.com/PH/Locator.

Assumption College

Children’s Hour
You can also visit this link for various ways to donate: http://childrenshour.org.ph/help/share-your-treasures.

ABS-CBN Foundation
Is in need of rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, water, clothes, medicines, mats and cash donations. You can drop them at ABS-CBN Foundation-Sagip Kapamilya Headquarters at #13 Examiner St., West Triangle, Quezon City. For cash donations, you may deposit to Banco de Oro under the account name “ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya” with account number 393-011-4199. For international cash donations, Sagip Kapamilya’s BDO dollar account number is 393-008-1622 with a ‘swift code,’ BNORPHMM. The BPI Dollar Account is under the name ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya with the account number, 3054-0270-35 (swift code: BOPIPHMM).

Caritas Manila
Is accepting food, personal care items and cash donations. Visit their website at http://www.caritasmanila.org.ph/ to learn more.

De La Salle University Manila
Drop off donations at DLSU gates, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila. You can contact them at (02) 542-4611 to 26 local 147; 417.

Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC)
Donations can be dropped off at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, Q.C. Cash donations are also accepted via Metrobank with Account Name “ Citizens’ Disaster Response Center” and Account Number: 636-3-63600741-3.

SM Supermalls
Together with SM Foundation, SM Supermalls is now accepting donations in all its malls nationwide. Donation bins are available. Approach the Information Center for details.

Binalot
Send hot meals to typhoon Maring victims. Here’s how:

Gawad Kalinga
Volunteer. Give. Share. Learn more here: http://www.gk1world.com/typhoon-maring.

Victory Christian Fellowship
Accepts online donations via credit card. Click through this link to donate: http://victory.org.ph/give/creditcard/.

GMA Kapuso Foundation
Is accepting donations in cash or in-kind. Go to their website for more information: http://www.gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation/donation.