Sunday, my friends and I went to UPD to take part in the relief operations
organized by the UP Community. Most of our fellow relief ops volunteers are students.
We were assigned at the clothes section, where we’ll have to rummage through a
pile of clothes and bundle them for each family. Each bundle has 2 tops and a
pair of bottoms for women, a top and a bottom for men, and another set for the
kids. Kuya Paulie and Ate Fina did the rummaging, Ate Joy, Ate Dana and I did
the bundling and Ate Anna grouped them into sets of 5 so they can be placed
inside black bags, ready for distribution. It was pretty organized; we managed
to produce at least 10 black bags for the rest of the afternoon.
of the key principles of the relief ops is to remember human dignity: whatever
you decide to give them should be something you’d also be willing to receive.
So no, rumpled clothes or those filled with holes, because really, if you’re in
their position, you’d be offended receiving those. They were stripped of
everything they have, but that doesn’t mean they’re destitute. And even so,
they’re still people, not mere figures you’d count as those given relief.
Applying those principles, my friends and I really looked for decent-looking
clothes; we even tried to match the colors so they won’t look funny or jeje.
whole operation was pretty exhausting even if we’re sitting and doing the
bundling most of the time. But more than the exhaustion was the happiness
radiating from everyone. I guess we’re all too happy knowing the clothes we
prepared will help those families in Eastern Visayas affected by the recent
relief operations are still ongoing. If you’d want to donate in cash or in kind
or volunteer as repackers, just go to Vinzons Hall at UP Diliman. That’s in
between College of Business Administration and Benitez Hall (College of
Education). And yes, in front of the building are the waiting sheds for
jeepneys heading to PhilCoa, MRT, SM North and Katipunan. They seriously need
more contributions. Here’s what you can give:
- Milk and
- Ulam in
drop-off is 24 hours while volunteer ops are from 7AM to 10PM. For more
details, contact UP Tulong Kabataan through this number: 0917 42 STAND.
Thanks! Also, please pass this message to anyone willing to help!
Labels: 2013, relief operations, typhoon yolanda, UP, volunteers