How to help Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Victims

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by Melissa D. Jaramillo The roar of torrential winds and massive waves battering the Philippines under the guise of Typhoon Haiyan has been replaced by cries of anguish of those left to deal with the aftermath. This catastrophic storm – reportedly the strongest ever recorded – now has over 10,000 feared dead with thousands more missing.

The devastating impact obliterated homes, electricity, gas, food, clean water, pharmacies, phone service and much more. Basic services remain non-existent as the government struggles to respond. Philippine authorities have estimated more than 12 million are now at risk.

Just imagine – in a matter of moments your home no longer existed, nor any other structure in the area. What if there was no power… no clean water or food… no phone service to get in touch with your loved ones to learn their fate. Envision the terror if you were the one separated from your child – or worse, if it were your child hungry, alone and scared. The image alone is heartbreaking. For hundreds of thousands – it is reality.

Right now, you have the ability to make a difference. While the majority of us are unable to go in person to help with the recovery efforts, monetary donations to the charitable organization of your choice will help! The needs are overwhelming and given the amount of destruction will be ongoing for years to come.

Below we've compiled a number of suggestions of charities already mobilized that need support. This list will continue to grow as more organizations ramp up to send aid. Always research and verify any organization before donating through a service such as CharityWatch.org or Charity Navigator.

Convoy of Hope: Donate online at convoyofhope.org, by phone at 1-800-988-0664 or by mail. Send donations to Convoy of Hope, P.O. Box 219368, Kansas City, MO 64121-7246.

Direct Relief: Explore numerous ways to donate directrelief.org, by phone at 805-964-4767 or by mail. Donations may be sent to Direct Relief, 27 S. La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117.

Catholic Relief Services: Donate online at Catholic Relief Services, by phone at 877-435-7277, or by mail. Donations may be sent to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

Doctors Without Borders: Donate online at doctorswithoutborders.org or by phone at 1-888-392-0392. To send in your donation by mail, please print this form.

Mercy Corps: Donate online at mercycorps.org, by phone at 1-888-747-7440 or via PayPal. To donate by mail, download and print this form.

MAP International: Donate online at MAP International, by phone at 1-800-225-8550, or by mail. Send donations to MAP International, 4700 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525-6800.

American Red Cross: Donate online at RedCross.org, by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or via mail. To send a donation please complete the donation form, print it out, and mail it to American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

Save the Children: Donate online at savethechildren.org, by phone at 1-800-728-3843 or by mail. Send donations to Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.

Global Giving: Donate via numerous methods including online, text, phone, or mail Global Giving.

Lutheran World Relief: Donate online at Lutheran World Relief, by phone at 800-597-5972 or by mail at Lutheran World Relief, P.O Box 17061, Baltimore MD 21297-1061.

AmeriCares: Donate online at AmeriCares.org, by phone at 1-800-486-HELP (4357) or by mail. Send donations to AmeriCares, 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902

Samaritan's Purse: Donate online at samaritanspurse.org or by phone at 1-800-528-1980. To give by mail, please send donations to: Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

Shelter Box: Donate online at ShelterBoxUsa.org. To make an easy, one-time $10 donation by phone, text SHELTER to 20222. You can also mail in your donation to ShelterBoxUSA, 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.

OxFam America: Donate online at oxfamamerica.org, by phone at 800-77-OXFAM, or by mail. Send donations to Oxfam America, Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund, P.O. Box 1211, Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211.

Additional resources:

Explaining World Tragedy to Children

Teach Your Child the Charity Habit

Talking to Your Children About Disasters

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Philippines along with their family and friends scattered throughout the world during this time and the long road ahead. May recovery go smoothly and in time – a path of healing. Those reading, please know you are welcome to share your story and/or leave a note of encouragement.