A Time to Weep

22 Dec
APTOPIX Philippines Storm

AP Photo/Aaron Favila

Three more days before Christmas and there is still so much sorrow in our land. More than a thousand people lost their lives in the deadly rains that swept through the southern portion of the country Friday night, and many more are still missing. Even as we prepare for the festivities of the coming weekend, many families are in deep mourning, unable to see past beyond today when there is only death and grief in their lives.

Tragedy is always difficult to comprehend. That it should happen at what should be a time for joy makes it even harder to understand, much less accept. There may be no comfort or consolation in our words, but our actions and gestures may help ease a little of their suffering today.

Let’s think beyond ourselves, my friends. Reach out to our countrymen who need us most today.

Here’s how (from the Philippine Red Cross website): SMS

Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

G-Cash Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-IN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:

Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

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