Tis the season of giving, of giving aid to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.

How North Hollywood can help our Filipino brothers and sisters this holiday season.

This holiday season will not be the same for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan created huge waves that crashed villages and towns, the 195-mile winds flattened buildings and ripped families apart. The storm is one of the strongest on record. Those who have survived now need our help, including emergency shelter, clean water and food.

The City of Los Angeles estimates that 14,000 people live in every one-mile area of the city. So that means the NoHo Arts District has 14,000 within its boundaries. What would happen if every local resident gave $10 to help the victims of the Philippine disaster? That would total $140,000.

Philippines disaster
Credit: EPA | Vosizneias.com

The human impact is overwhelming. NBC World News shows us the extreme human impact.

13 million people have been affected by the typhoon

12,501: The number of individuals injured, according to the Philippine disaster council.

3 million people have been displaced with over 70 percent of the displaced are in the six adjacent provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros.

2.5 million people are in need of food assistance, according to U.N. estimates.

360,000: The number of pregnant and lactating women who need specialized services for prenatal, postnatal, child health, health promotion and family planning services.

Many of us don’t know what to do. So we asked activist Geri Bettencourt, Regional Manager for Redwood Property Services which manages Lofts at NoHo how the North Hollywood community can take action. She has put together a list of good organizations that need our donations.

The United Nations World Food Programme has set up a Typhoon Relief Fund.

Catholic Relief Services has a donation form to help provide tents and water purification to storm victims.

UNICEF has set up an appeal to provide nutrition, water and medicine to children in the Philippines.

Save the Children has also set up a relief fund for storm victims.

We give during the holiday season so let’s give a gift that will change lives.

Happy Holidays and Love to our Filipino Brothers and Sisters.

The NoHo Arts District dot Com Team

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