Monday - Veterans Day - a dispatch from typhoon-ravage Philippines contained the following paragraph:
"Philippine soldiers were distributing food and water in Tacloban, and assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen for the first time. The U.S. military dispatched food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city, the first outside help in what will swell into a major international relief mission."
We have an opportunity to aid the millions of people impacted by the typhoon while supporting a peaceful mission by the U.S. abroad. Here are ways to help:
UNICEF said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. Donations can be made at unicef.org/support.
The American Red Cross said it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. It asked those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local Red Cross chapter with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line.
World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at worldvision.org.
AmeriCares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate, go to americares.org.
The Salvation Army said 100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and "to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors." Text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 or give online.
Doctors Without Borders said it has 15 members in Cebu city and will send an additional 50 people in the next few days. It said it also is sending 329 tons of medical and relief supplies on three cargo planes. To donate, go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate.
Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/
According to Rodney Schuster, director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo, all of the donations will go directly to Catholic Relief Services to help victims of the typhoon. Donations can be sent to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.
Please help. Thank you.