GivingTuesday, Holiday Norms and Typhoon Disaster Relief

I have done some light research into some of the organizations who are accepting donations (there’s many), and have found a few that are doubling donations today. Apparently it’s #GivingTuesday every Tuesday in the month of December. Many organizations are doubling contributions, doing giveaways, and providing other incentives to give.

CARE is doubling donations, up to 1 million dollars, all through the month of December.

Partners in Health is doubling all donations today to support their work in Malawi: for #GivingTuesday

So go forth and give!

Today is also a good day to ask your friends, family and significant others to give to organizations on your behalf for the upcoming Christmas gift buying madness season. The alternative to donating on behalf of others, which I’ve done all throughout my life, is me rushing around to buy random things for people, and then blindly accepting starbucks gift cards and trinkets that likely will be stuffed away in a drawer for years to come.

How much money is wasted on things like gift cards that could go towards helping others? TIME reports last year that 2 billion dollars were wasted due to cards expiring or just going unused. Pretty crazy to think about!

List of many organizations doing aid relief due to the typhoon in the Phillipines from this USAToday article:
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan slamming into the Philippines, relief organizations are calling on Americans to donate funds to their efforts. Want to donate to a group not listed below? rates organizations based on their financial health, accountability and transparency.


• UNICEF staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to provide emergency aid and the organization is gearing up to deliver supplies to children and their families. Donations can be made online or by texting RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.

• CARE teams are on the ground in the Philippines and the organization plans to provide emergency relief to thousands of families. Donations can be made online or by calling 1-800-521-CARE within the U.S. or +1-404-681-2552.

• World Vision is mobilizing nearly 500 staff around the country to respond to the disaster. Donations are accepted online and the organization also lets you sponsor a child in the Philippines.

• The American Red Cross has volunteers spread throughout the region and accepts donations online. You can also mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.

• The U.N. World Food Programme is urging Americans to make donations to support its emergency food relief after Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate online or by texting the word AID to 27722 to donate $10.

• Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the area. Donations can be made online or by texting DONATE to 20222.

• AmeriCares is deploying medical aid and a relief team to Philippines, and says an emergency shipment with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors is already on its way.

• The Philippine Red Cross has deployed staff and volunteers across the region. You can easily make a donation through organization’s website.

• Doctors Without Borders has had emergency teams in Cebu since Nov. 9.

• To donate to the Salvation Army’s Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit its website or text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 and reply YES to confirm your donation. The organization uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief.

• The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has sent an emergency response team to assist with safe water, hygiene and sanitation needs, with additional aid to follow. Donations can be made online or by calling +1 855 9RESCUE.

• The International Medical Corps is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. Donations can be made online or by calling1-800-481-4462.

• Mercy Corps responders are working with local partners to provide food, water and shelter. Donations can be made online.

• Handicap International supports people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in situations of poverty, conflict and disaster. The group has been working in the Philippines since 1985 and is preparing emergency aid for the hard-hit city of Tacloban. Donations can be made online.

• The United Methodist Committee on Relief is providing funds for the purchase of emergency food, water and and water purification tablets in Tacloban. Donations can be made online or by calling 1-888-252-6174

• Catholic Relief Services says its assessment teams have reached the hard-hit island of Leyte by boat. The organization will prioritize emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items potable water and toilets. Donations can be made online or by calling 1-877-435-7277.

• Looking for someone in the Philippines area that is in your family or a friend? Google has launched a person finder for the storm, also known as Yolanda in the Philippines, where you can try and find out someone’s whereabouts or enter your own information.


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