5 Tips to Remember When Collecting Donations for Typhoon Yolanda Victims
When in Manila, the spirit of Filipinos is high and more and more people are coming together to collect donations for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Whether you are doing so passively or aggressively, though, here are a few tips for you to keep in mind to ensure that you provide nothing but the best for our fellow countrymen in Visayas.
1. Check the expiration date.
When donating food and medicine, make sure you check the expiration date. After all, you don’t want to make things worse for the people that you are trying to help, do you? Both expired food and medicine can make people sick. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, these victims won’t check the expiration date themselves, so do them a favor and be mindful of your donations.
2. Label your donations.
It would also be helpful to label your donations whenever you can. This way, people will have an easier time handing out the goods to those in need and they will have an easier time finding what they need, as well.
3. Donate with convenience in mind.
Although you might have a lot of things lying around that you don’t need and although you want to help as much as possible, convenience is still the most important thing. Donate comfortable clothes instead of fashown clothes. Donate blankets instead of bulky comforters. Donate slippers instead of high heels.
Donations for Typhoon Yolanda
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4. Make sure your donations go through trustworthy people.
With all of the drama and distrust running rampant through the country right now, it would be vital to ensure that your donations for Typhoon Yolanda victims actually make it there. To ensure that this happens, make sure you send your donations through people, companies and charities with legitimate track records. If you need help in this department, here is a list of verified and legit ways to help out.
5. NEVER send cash.
When sending cash, you can never be sure whether the people that you plan on donating to will actually get the money. Plus, you won’t have any proof of donating that cash, either.
As helpful as you might think you are being, you might just get duped or taken advantage of if you don’t know what you are doing, so make it a point to keep the aforementioned tips in mind. And, when in doubt, team up with friends or family members who know what you are doing and work as a team. Remember: a little bit goes a long way, so why not do you part – no matter how small – When in Manila?