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September 29, 2009
Dear Friends: On Saturday, September 26, 2009, my native home country, the Philippines, was slammed with a catastrophe -- Tropical Storm Ketsana (AKA Ondoy) dumped a month's worth of rain in just 12 short hours! It was the worst flooding the Philippines had seen in decades. The hardest hit place was Manila, which is the capital and has a population of about 19 million people. The death toll is at about 240 people. Let's hope and pray it doesn't continue to rise, or that water-borne diseases spread. I e-mailed my family in the Philippines. Thankfully, only two of my many relatives were really affected (they live east of Manila). One said their whole first floor is flooded. On top of trying to recover from Typhoon Ketsana (which is comparable to Hurricane Katrina), there are 1-2 storms set to hit the Philippines AGAIN by the end of this week. Relief workers are asking for donations to help the Filipinos prepare for the storm, clean up after the storm, care for the injured because of the storm, and then help the displaced people rebuild their lives. Would you please consider donating a small/large monetary gift to help the Philippines? I know that if I were in their shoes, I would desperately need the help that others could readily provide. Won't you be that person that helps another... all across the world, from America to the Philippines? We can provide the comfort, the help, and the resources they need to make it through this. Please give. Thank you for your consideration! Also, please continue to keep all that were affected by Ketsana, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, in your prayers! THANK YOU! ~ Christine (Steno Nerd) Here are four different organizations through whom you can donate...