The massive destruction brought about by Typhoon Haiyan has brought an influx of donations from all over the world. Tens upon thousands of disaster relief goods were brought in by the International Red Cross, local government agencies, International agencies, non government organizations and many, many more.
The outpouring of help from international communities was overwhelming. It is amazing what people can do when they get together and cooperate towards a common goal.
Over the weekend, my friends and I visited our local Social Welfare office and helped pack sacks of rice, canned goods , and other basic necessities like bottled water, blankets, and milk for babies. And it was indeed a very tiring, albeit emotionally rewarding experience.
Although victims of the typhoon need more than food, water and a roof above their heads, and the road to recovery is a long and arduous process, those people need every little bit of help they can get.
Monetary help would be the best choice of donation to make.
Sure, well-intentioned donations like blankets, mats, and other supplies would be most welcome during these difficult and trying times, but if these people get an overwhelming supply of used clothing, shoes, toys and other hand-me-downs, these things would be totally worthless because they do not address the immediate need for food, water, and in the hardest hit areas, coffins to bury the dead.
I myself witnessed the recovery operations and it was heart-breaking to see corpses covered with blankets lined along the streets waiting to be buried in mass graves.
Donating non-perishable goods would be totally unnecessary and would only delay the distribution of much-needed rations because people with be busy sorting out usable and non-usable material.
In addition, transporting tons of clothes could be logistically impossible in far-flung, hard to reach areas where the roads are literally impassable.
Thus, monetary donations would be worth a lot more than used clothing because the money collected can be used to address more pressing matters like the basic necessities that man needs to survive.
So if you want to help with disaster relief, donate now. Help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. A simple act of kindness may save lives.