Our assistance, however, should be done through organized charities focused on specific portions of rescue, cleanup and rehabilitation. Instead of loading a truck with shovels, buckets, boxes of used clothes and cases of bottled water to ship overseas, give money to organizations such as the International Red Cross, the United Nations and others that are on the scene helping victims sort out their lives.
In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, the greatest need is for money to buy food and water and provide the makings of shelter. Donations made through international relief organizations can be pooled and put to best use. Supplies can be purchased in bulk and shipped in the most cost-effective way to ensure that they reach the people most in need.
If your gift isn’t needed immediately, it will be banked and used when the next disaster hits. Another way to help is to donate blood at an Indiana Blood Center or American Red Cross facility or a mobile donation drive. While the blood might not be needed in the Philippines, it will help restock depleted supplies or be used locally where there is an immediate need.
Disasters such as last week’s typhoon in the Philippines or last year’s tornadoes in southern Indiana prompt us to reach out and help. We encourage that.
The recovery process, as we have seen in southern Indiana, including our own recovery from the June 2008 flooding here in Jackson County, will take months and years. So there will be a continuing need for assistance for a significant time to come.
Your gifts are important. Just be careful how you donate.
— The Tribune, Seymour
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