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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Put Yourself in Their Shoes, Please Pray and Donate

As the death toll rises and survivors ravage for food, drinks and medical help, one can only think about the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Out of the rubble, different heartbreaking stories arise on how families got swept away by the storm surge and how people despite being warned, did not really expect something as horrible as this. You can’t blame them; you can’t blame anyone for that matter actually because this is the first time that any country has been hit by this kind of immense cyclone. Typhoon Yolanda came in like a thief in the night (but in day time) and claimed hundreds of lives despite the fact that people have been warned to prepare days before. People knew about strong gusty winds and heavy rains coming in but they did not expect storm surges as big as 6-10 feet coming their way. Imagine a tornado together with tall waves crashing your house, that’s how helpless people were during the time of impact of Typhoon Yolanda. Due to the quick waves crashing in a span of minutes and probably seconds to those living closer to the coastal areas, people who don’t have a second floor were forced to grab handrails, windows and doors just to stay alive. There was even one story where a family had no choice but to close their one-storey house just to be safe and then finally realize that water coming in was higher than expected and when it was time to go outside they couldn’t open their doors because the water’s pressure prevented them to do so. There are probably hundreds more of stories like this one amidst the wake of Typhoon Yolanda; stories of devastation, fear, anger and depression that only some people can dread imagining.

Among the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda, Leyte and Samar were the most immensely devastated. Seeing the city of Tacloban, Leyte, the image of the once thriving city now only showcases the remains of roofless houses, shattered walls, broken trees and alarming numbers of casualties. Survivors flock relief goods; supplies that they rely on because they really don’t have anything left but just their lives. For those ignorant of the fact on how hopeless people in damaged areas feel, imagine yourself losing everything and relying only for help as each day passes by. Imagine yourself once having the comforts of a nice home, a bed to rest on and a shelter to be safe at and losing them all within minutes. What would you do? Where will you go for resources if you have nothing left?

People affected by Typhoon Yolanda need all the help that they can get. I hope people can really spare some time looking more into the news of the devastation and think of ways of helping out. This is one catastrophic event that people should not ignore. This is a wrath of nature where no one needs to get blamed for.

Put yourself in the place of the affected families crying for help amidst a chaotic devastation.

Imagine yourself living in an evacuation area for days after being immensely horrified by a traumatic experience.

Ask yourself, what would you feel if you were in their shoes?

What would you hope for?

Now, look at yourself. Look at where you are staying right now. Look at all the furniture that you have and even check your kitchen for all the food supplies that you are blessed with. Check your clothes, accessories and even jewelries. Lastly, take a look at your whole family.

Now do you see how blessed you are today? Do you realize how fortunate you are to have such people and things at this exact moment?

Be thankful for all the blessings and be a blessing to other people, most especially to those who are in dire need of help.

Lend a helping hand, PLEASE PRAY and DONATE.

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