Kapisanan to send full boxes, donations, funds and LOVE to Typhoon Ketsana victims in the Philippines on behalf of Toronto!

BOXES ARE OVERFLOWING WITH TORONTO LOVE!!! We are no longer taking food and clothing donations as we have more than enough to fill the boxes. If you would like to donate money we are still taking that through PayPal monetary donations through PayPal !



Kapisanan REALLY NEEDS HELP on Wednesday Oct 7 and Thursday Oct 8 with the packing of boxes, as well as HELP from anyone with a VAN or a TRUCK that is willing to help bring stuff to Forex in Scarbz. Maraming Salamat Po!


What started with an idea to try and fill up 20 balikbayan boxes for Typhoon victims in the Philippines with donations and supplies has resulted in the need for more boxes to house the overwhelming response from Torontonians.

Packed house during Nuit Blanche as Toronto supports Typhoon Ketsana Relief while taking in art.  (photo credit: Tala Berkes)

This past weekend, the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture staged a Poetry Night Fundraiser to benefit some of the hundreds of thousands displaced by last week's typhoons in the Philippines (watch VIDEO here). The Youth-Arts centre, located in Kensington Market was overwhelmed at not only by the lineup at the door (the venue was packed at capacity), but by the outpouring of generosity from those who attended.

As the poetry flowed from the stage late into the night, so did the donations (both monetary and material) keep coming in. Said one young attendee, "It's Nuit Blanche after all. I mean, if the people who were caught in the Typhoon can stay on their roofs all night, the least we can do is stay up late for a good cause to try and help."

With the initial shipment of boxes scheduled to go out tomorrow, Program Coordinator and Relief Drive head Jodee Aguillon appealed for some last minute help via Kapisanan's Twitter: "What you up to, Toronto?" he wrote. "We could use a hand packing balikbayan boxes tonight". According to Kapisanan's Facebook Page, donations are STILL coming in.

At the time of this press release, Jodee and the crew at Kapisanan are planning a "packing party" that will most likely last late into the night -- bodies tired and in need of rest, but hearts undoubtedly full.

Kapisanan is ready to send 20 balikbayan boxes to the Philippines tomorrow and needs help packing -- TONIGHT! (photo credit: Tala Berkes)

Kapisanan continues to accept donations as well as monetary donations through PayPal, which will go towards supporting GlobalMedic in their relief mission. Clothing, food, medical supplies, toiletries as well as books, supplies and toys for children will go to the Children's Rehabilitation Centre. For more information, please email info@kapisanancentre.com or call Kapisanan at (416) 979-0600

For photography please contact alex.felipe@gmail.com or go to Alex Felipe's flickr page.

A few photos from Kapisanan's Poetry is Our Second Language/Typhoon Relief Fundraiser:

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