Monster Typhoon Odette (Rai) pummeled large swaths of the Visayas and Northern Mindanao, forcing thousands of homeless people to take shelter in evacuation centers.
Several organizations have launched donation drives to extend help. If you're palnning to donate, here are items you can drop off.
Here's what you can donate to typhoon victims:
Potable water is essential for typhoon victims taking shelter at evacuation centers. Aside from drinking, water can also be used to prepare other foods such as mixed milk for kids and babies.
Drinking water in tubs, jugs, and individually packed bottles will be accepted.
As much as possible, donate food that’s ready to eat from the packaging or the can. Electricity lines are usually down in heavily-affected areas, which means using microwaves and electric kettles for food that need heating is a struggle. Easy-open canned goods and snacks are recommended.
Rice can still be donated and be cooked over fire, plus it's a staple many can eat. Uncooked rice may be redistributed to families for use after the typhoon.
Transporating goods can take a while, so donate foods that have long shelf life so they don't expire while in transit.
Food and supplies for kids
Families also have kids to worry about during a typhoon, and their dietary requirements are different from that of adults. Babies need softer foods for easier consumption, and may still need baby formula and milk for nurturing health. Considering donating diapers as well.
Blankets and mats
While waiting for the rain and winds to subside, those seeking shelter need to stay warm and rest for several nights. Mats can provide a clean space for families to gather, along with blankets for keeping warm or cushioning the floor. Pillows are also an option.
Thousands of people left behind homes in the water, along with their other belongings. If you’re donating clothes, ensure that they’re still wearable and comfortable. Skip the occasion-specific gear like cocktail dresses, dress shoes, and suits.
Shirts, jackets, shorts, pants, socks, and casual footwear in good condition are your best bet.
Shampoo, soap, and toothbrushes, and toothpaste are items everyone can use. For women, consider donating sanitary pads.
Alcohol, sanitizers, and face masks will also be useful in keeping COVID-19 at bay.
Cash donations can be used to rebuild homes, buildings, and pathways, along with the additional purchase of relief goods in nearby towns and cities. Check out our list of organizations accepting monetary donations via online banking.
Group similar items together and store them in bags or boxes for easier transportation. Before dropping off donations, label everything so volunteers can easily segregate and distribute the goods.