director@kapisanan: giving outside the box

We are just about to close our doors for the holidays here at Kapisanan, and I can't help but feel uneasy about the state of emergency back in our homeland. The press has been calling us to see if we are able to mobilize relief efforts within the GTA for Typhoon Sendong (Washi) that struck the province of Misamis Oriental in the northern part of Mindanao, on Friday [December 16].

Although we are not able to mobilize for this typhoon, like we did for Ondoy, there is still a huge need for people to contribute and donate. And I was thinking, if any of you out there are dreading to do that last minute shopping, or can't figure out what to give that person that has everything...think about donating to the help the victims of Typhoon Sendang on behalf of the person you are buying a gift for.

Would you rather go to a hot, sweaty, crowded mall to try and find fairly meaningless holiday "token," or would you rather download this printable card that says you have given them the gift of HOPE? I think you know the answer to this question.

(the PDF will print on regular 8.5x11 paper, and will fold in half)

Here's our recommendation of where you can donate cash. We strongly recommend cash donations, it's much more immediate, and it's carbon footprint-conscious.

OPERATION SAGIP MIGRANTE (Operation Migrante Relief) for the survivors of typhoon Sendong. This relief effort is organized by Migrante Canada and its chapters, in cooperation with Migrante International. Operation Sagip-Migrante is now open for monetary donations.

Donations in cash or cheques can be deposited to the MIGRANTE ONTARIO account. Please write “For Sagip Migrante” on the Memo line.

Migrante-Ontario Account # 0617-5260423 TD Canada Trust Branch 1968 Charitable Receipts for Donations of $20.00 and over

Please ensure that complete mailing address of donor appears on the cheque. For cash donations, email the list of names complete with mailing addresses and cash amounts to migrantecanada@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Canchela at 647-833-1023.

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Another option that's also very immediate is to donate to our friend, Carlos Celdran's family soup kitchen that they have set up on the ground in Mindanao. Check out the details here.

On behalf of the KAPISANAN board of directors and Kat and I, we wish you all a lovely holiday season. Let's all take a moment to be thankful for everything we have, and try t0 give those in need something to be thankful for.

Peace and blessings,

Caroline Mangosing