Community Campaign Launched for Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief Efforts

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The Los Angeles-based non-profit organization, People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE) along with community-based organizations, youth organizations, and small businesses across California are calling on the community to respond to the recent tragedy in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit land. Over 40 provinces in the Visayas region with Tacloban bearing the full force of the typhoon. More than 11 million people have been affected across the country. Haiyan is estimated to have destroyed 70-80 percent of structures in its path as it tore into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar.

People’s CORE is launching the Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Tulong Pilipinas (STP) Relief Drive (English Translation: Continuous Help to the Philippines), an ongoing campaign to provide support for rehabilitation in areas currently affected by Haiyan/Yolanda and the areas throughout the Philippines that continue to be affected by calamities and disasters brought on by climate change. People’s CORE’s mission is to empower the Asian Pacific Islander and general community in contributing to systemic social change through bottom-up community organizing. Since 2004, it has coordinated relief drives with community-based organizations and small businesses nationwide to establish direct linkages with reputable non-governmental organizations based in the Philippines that reach the hardest hit populations. People’s CORE and its current community partners are looking to expand its community working group. The Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Pilipinas campaign is partnering with UNICEF to provide much needed relief in the devastated areas in the Visayas. Donations will also be received by Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte and Parent Teacher Community Association in Roxas City, Capiz.

The STP Relief Drive is collecting both monetary and material donations. Material donations will be collected until December 15, 2013.  While monetary donations will continue to be collected on an ongoing basis, amounts of $50 or greater are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to “People’s CORE” with “STP Relief Drive” included in the memo. Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the People’s CORE Main Office (please see below for address) during operating hours from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or by appointment. Supplies, non-perishable food, and new or gently used clothing can be dropped off at People’s CORE’s Main Office or other designated drop-off sites (please check back for updated list of drop-off sites).

 

DONATION SITES

People’s CORE

Accepting Material Donations (until December 15, 2013) and Monetary Donations (ongoing)

1610 Beverly Blvd., Ste. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Monday -Friday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)

The Park’s Finest

Accepting Monetary Donations

1267 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mondays (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), Tuesdays – Sundays (11:00 am – 10:00 pm)

House of Seafood

Accepting  Monetary Donations

940 E Dominguez St, Carson, CA 90746

Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays (11:00am – 9:00pm), Fridays & Saturdays (11:00am – 10:00pm)

Below is a list of suggested items for material donations:

SUPPLIES:

  • Drinking water purification tablets
  • Backpacks
  • First aid kits (antiseptic, antibiotic cream, etc.)
  • Over-the-counter medicine (aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, vitamins, antacid,  etc.)
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Light blankets

FOOD:

  • Canned goods (with pull tab lids)
  • Ready-to-eat meals (granola bars, power bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Infant formula
  • Baby food
  • Nonelectric can opener

CLOTHING:

  • Light apparel
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals
  • Underwear (new only please)
  • Diapers

Clothing for women, children, and 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.

Participating Organizations and Groups in People’s CORE’s Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Pilipinas Relief Drive Campaign:

  • KmB / Pro-People Youth
  • The Park’s Finest
  • Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
  • Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (AP3CON) Environmental Justice Task Force
  • Maharlika Filipino Club
  • Sessions LA
Partial List of Initial Endorsers and Supporters of the Sagip Tuluy-Tuloy Pilipinas Relief Drive Campaign:
  • Dr. Victor Manalo, Artesia City Council Member
  • Mark Pulido, Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem
  • Melissa Ramoso, State Chair of the Filipino-American Democratic Caucus 
  • Elito Santarina, Carson Mayor Pro Tem
  • Kahoy Kollection

 

For more information about the relief drive, how to donate or volunteer, please call Christine or Diane at (213) 241-0995.

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