The picture of how Filipinos celebrate Christmas has changed for many since the last three Decembers the country suffered devastation brought by typhoons. There are some companies and organizations both in the Philippines and globally who chose to gather all of their cash bonuses as donations for the typhoon survivors.
Different institutions and organizations that used to do fundraising charity events became more determined to raise money and find sponsors or donors to be of help to the thousands of homeless people in the remote areas in the Philippines where the most recent typhoon called Haiyan hit.
Typhoon Haiyan was the deadliest natural disaster in the country's history and one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. The super-typhoon slammed into the region on November 8 and displaced an estimated 3.8 million people. More than a million houses were damaged by the storm. As of this writing, over 5,700 are confirmed dead and more than 1,700 missing. Millions have been left rebuilding their homes and lives.
Information about giving, for this and for other causes, is available online from the GuideStar database on nonprofit agencies. CharityNavigator.org also rates organizations based on their financial health, accountability and transparency.
Four well-known organizations providing aid include:
1. International Committee of the Red Cross/Philippine Red Cross: The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine Red Cross are both accepting donations and coordinating disaster relief on the ground throughout much of the central Philippines. The local branch of the organization is posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.
2. Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Relief Services has dispatched a team to the area affected by the storm and is accepting donations online. The organization will prioritize emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items potable water and toilets.
3. Caritas Manila: The Philippine branch of Caritas, a Catholic charity, is accepting donations online and via wire transfers. It is posting updates on Twitter.
4. To donate to the Salvation Army's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit its website. The organization uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief.