Do you consider yourself to be a charitable person? I know a lot of people who have made it their personal goal to do good deeds on a regular basis. They do it not because they want to glorify themselves, but because they value helping others.
At any given point in time, there will always be someone who could use your help. Right now, I cannot help but write about the plight of the people in the Philippines. The effects of Typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) have been broadcast all over the world, and nary a person is unaware of what happened in this Southeast Asian country.
Over the weekend, record amounts of rain fell in the capital and surrounding areas. A dam was opened to avoid further damage, but it only contributed to the unbelievable flooding that occurred in the cities and outlying regions. A lot of people have died, more are sick, and even more have lost everything they owned.
Imagine this: over 80 percent of the nationâ€™s capital was under water on Sunday. Today, a large part of the metro is still submerged; hundreds of thousands of people are homeless, and families are still unreached by rescue teams.
They call it the â€œequalizerâ€ â€“ both the rich and the poor alike were not spared; famous and unknown were exposed to the elements. And the more fortunate countrymen are joining together to offer what they can. You may not be Filipino, but you wonâ€™t help but be inspired by how they are dealing with this crisis right now. Itâ€™s something that we can all learn a lesson from.
For those interested in helping out, contact your local Red Cross chapter.