Relief Efforts Relaunched from Coast to Coast in Response to Latest Philippine Typhoons

In response to the devastating floods wrought by Typhoon Gener (Saola) and Typhoon Haikui from the end of July through the beginning of August, and with the threat of Tropical Storm Helen (Kai-Tak) currently escalating, the Los Angeles-based non-profit, People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE), has relaunched the Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Campaign to deliver urgently needed supplies and financial assistance for flood survivors most impacted in the Philippines.

More than 100 lives have been lost as a result of the storms. Over 400,000 people have been displaced with no choice but to find shelter in crowded evacuation centers. Overall, 4 million have been affected by the flood waters that have submerged roughly 80% of Manila.

Through the STP Emergency Relief Campaign, People’s CORE, whose mission is to train, organize, and mobilize community members in effecting systemic change, has partnered with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), a non-governmental organization registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-profit, non-stock social development agency. CDRC is licensed and accredited by the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development to implement relief, rehabilitation, preparedness, and mitigation programs.

People’s CORE will be collecting monetary and in-kind donations to be distributed by CDRC among communities hardest hit by these recent natural disasters. Amounts of $50 or greater are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to “People’s CORE” with “STP Relief Fund” included in the memo. Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the People’s CORE Main Office during operating hours from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

People’s CORE

ATTN: Christine Araquel

1610 Beverly Blvd., Ste. #2

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Supplies, non-perishable food, and new or gently used clothing can be dropped off at the People’s CORE Culture and Arts Center. To make arrangements for a drop off date and time, please contact Christine Araquel at 213-241-0995.

People’s CORE Culture and Arts Center

337 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Suggestions for in-kind donations include:

Supplies:

  • backpacks
  • first aid kits
  • aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • antacid
  • vitamins
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • feminine hygiene items
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • blankets

 

Food:

  • canned goods
  • dehydrated foods
  • granola bars
  • power bars
  • trail mix
  • infant formula
  • baby food
  • bottled water
  • drinking water purification tablets
  • disposable plates
  • disposable utensils
  • nonelectric can opener
Clothing: 
  • light apparel
  • comfortable shoes or sandals
  • underwear (new only please)
  • diapers
Clothing for women, children, infants are especially in need. Please note that we are unable to accept apparel not suited for tropical weather, including heavy clothing such as coats, sweaters, mittens, or other cold-weather-type items. 
The Sagip-Tulong sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Campaign is a nationally coordinated effort in conjunction with other non-profit and community-based organizations, including KmB / Pro-People Youth USA (CA), Justice for Filipino American Veterans (CA), Bantay Pilipinas (CA), DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association (NY), Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (NY/NJ), and the Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines. For more information, please contact Christine Araquel at 213-241-0995.