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
THE ISSUE Images from the disaster wrought by Typhoon Haiyan are indescribable. THEIR VIEW Philippine survivors need our help, and we should donate to them wisely.