Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last Friday and has caused widespread damage -- dramatically affecting the lives of millions of people.
Several people in our community have contacted my office to express their concern and to find out how they can help, so I have compiled information on how people can support relief efforts.
Ang mga tao sa aming kumunidad ay nakipag-ugnayan sa aking opisina sa dahilang gusto nilang makatulong sa pagbibigay ng reliefs.
· The Government of Canada has announced they will match every dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian Charities from November 9 to December 8, 2013.
· You can donate online, at a local Canadian Red Cross office, or by calling 1-800-418-1111. Please earmark donations “Typhoon Haiyan”. You can quickly donate $5 by texting REDCROSS to shortcode 30333.
· Locally, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish, located at 2565 Bathurst Street, is accepting donations. The church has received generous donations from the community and is now asking for financial donations. Cheques can be made payable to "Our Lady of the Assumption Typhoon/Earthquake Relief" (Memo: AFCM), and the church will issue a tax receipt.
· Also, the federal government has set up phone numbers for Canadians looking for information on relatives and friends who may have been caught in the affected areas. They are 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885.
My thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and the many residents in our community with friends and family members who have been impacted by this tragedy.
Ako ay dumadalangin para sa mga tao sa Pilipinas at sa mga miembro ng kumunidad na may mga pamilya na nakaranas ng matinding trahedya.