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Dear Okinawa Military Community,
We are humbled and touched by the outpouring of assistance this community is offering to the Philippine Disaster Relief effort. We have had hundreds of calls offering different types of assistance from you.
In order to support your efforts to assist, please allow us to briefly rundown your donation options at present.
Currently, monetary donations can be made directly to the Philippine response through redcross.org, through our Philippine Relief "button" on amazon.com, and in person at any Red Cross office.
However, there is currently no avenue to make material (clothing, canned goods, etc.) donations. As you can see from the news, the infrastructure in the Philippines is so badly compromised that the cost of transporting, sorting and dispersing material goods without roads, electricity, or adequate facilities far outweighs the actual value of the goods at this time. If this changes, we will absolutely issue a public request.
Generally, however, if there are ANY facilities locally where goods can be obtained, that is always the best practice. From our perspective, money can be moved instantly, for free, without infrastructure, and moved directly where the need is. Moreover, if we can spend the money in the Philippines, in addition to saving on shipping costs, the dollar does exponential good by helping to bolster the Philippine economy, which means that people have jobs, which means that they can help with their own feeding and shelter.....which leads to recovery.
If you are unable to make a financial contribution, but would still like to help, please consider, in lieu of canned goods or clothing, making an even more personal donation....your time. You can begin the process to be a Red Cross volunteer through our website at americanredcrossokinawa.org.
Thanks for everything that you do!
American Red Cross
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