World knew the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan that hit our country (Philippines). Everyone is now familiar to the small island of Tacloban and sadly for a pity reason. I know that typhoon is very common in our country since our neighbor is nothing more than but the Pacific Ocean. But never have I thought that Haiyan will be listed as one of the strongest typhoons ever hit our country or even in the world!
Having said that, let me just extend my deepest appreciation on behalf of my fellow countrymen to all the people in the world who shared their help in every possible ways.
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Now the lighter and at least confusing (for me) side of my post…
Last week, I volunteered at Red Cross. One thing I’ve noticed was that EVERYBODY wants to help (which is really good). They share money, food, clothing, service and even blood (you know? Vampire’s food); in which I personally admit is really generous and kind. But, there is one problem though; sometimes we forget understand the real meaning of helping. Why? Because with all these things we can give or do to help unfortunate people, we have to at least understand their real situation. Fail to say, that some help needs to redefine their meaning.
When I was sorting and packing donated clothes, here are the things I’ve noticed…
1. Thongs or Corsets – Please explain to me why they need to wear these stuffs in such devastated situation. If your intention is for them to go back in reproduction? Well, couldn’t you wait a little longer? Seriously?!
2. Used underwear – Allow me to picture this…if I am one of the people who will receive used clothes, would I have consider taking used underwear from someone I don’t know even that maybe…just maybe might have herpes or even worst? Of course not! C’mon, bacon garter briefs?!
3. Gowns – Everything has been destroyed. Everybody just wants to get by and survive. And yet, you still expect them to wear gowns! C’mon?! You should know better.
4. Ripped Clothes – Okay! You want to give your old or unused clothes right? One Kardasian BUT you have to consider is, if these clothes are still wearable. And I’m not taking about the size or color or how old it is but ask yourself if the clothes you are giving do not look like worn by “The Hulk”. You know what I mean. Lol
5. Finally, make it clean. Like acceptable clean…please.
Unfortunately, I can only speak about what I’ve noticed in the clothes department. I know that I shouldn’t be saying this but I feel it just right to iterate the implication of helping just for the sake that we were told to help or we feel we need to. We should help with the consideration of knowing who we are really helping and what they really need in such situation.
Once again, thanks for all the help and just let Karma return the favor. :)
Oh! BTW, on a curious and funny side of my observation, I kind of noticed that most of donated clothes are missing on female lower garments (i.e. shorts, pants, skirts and so on). And, I wonder why? Lol
Enjoy your weekend.
P.S. It’s always never too late help.