Soon we will be joining with our family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. I’m sure that as we do so, many of us will reflect on those who are suffering the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which recently struck the Philippines. As with other natural and human-caused disasters, we are grateful that we have been spared and perhaps experience a little “survivors’ guilt.” As someone who experienced having my home destroyed by the raging fire that consumed 3000 homes in the Oakland and Berkeley hills some 22 years ago, I remember having little patience with those who wanted to dwell on the suffering and enormous gratitude for those who stepped in, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work clearing, cleaning, and making sure we had what we needed to start anew.
During the days that followed the fire, I was tremendously impressed with the kind and competent way the Red Cross went about making sure that we all had the kind of support we needed just then. I will be donating to them and to other organizations that are working to help the survivors. Knowing, as I do, that it could be us the next time, I consider it an investment.
Here are some resources for donating to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan: