Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Please give me back my smile."

(photo source: nzherald.co.nz)
Skywatch and a still picture of the tsunami aftermath in American Samoa a few days ago.


(photo source: BBC News)
Skywatch over Indonesia after the killer quakes a few days ago.


(photo source: BBC News)
~~Watery Wednesday meme entry~~

Twenty feet of floodwaters swallowed these houses, and so much more in a month's worth of rain that poured non-stop for 12 hours in the Philippines over the weekend.



My dear friends, here are a few more links to our desperate brothers and sisters
in the Philippines, Indonesia, and the American Samoa. Let us help them get their smiles back:


1. The Catholic Relief Services. It is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. It provides assistance to people in more than 100 countries and territories based on need, regardless of race, nationality or creed.

This week alone, it has responded to 4 emergencies, including those in the Philippines and Indonesia.

To donate via phone: 1-877-HELP-CRS

To donate online: www.crs.org

To write a check: Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090

(source: Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet - Alerting Humanitarians to Agencies)

2. To donate to Samoa (as I am not sure that it is included in the countries CRS serves, maybe so): please contact the American Red Cross
ARC - 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Disaster Relief Fund:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
or your local ARC chapter

For a secure online donation: http://www.redcross.org/


(source: the American Red Cross. org.)


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Thank you, everyone, for your patience. Would you link this up to your site (write a short article) so maybe we can gather more readership and touch more humanitarian hearts? We can't help these countries enough. Their needs are immediate. Many, many thanks from the bottom of my heart.

44 comments:

doroastig said...

thanks for this one, cherie.

cherie said...

opo. walang anuman po, manoy doro. i have redirected traffic to your site, too. may God bless us all!

Ricardo said...

Oh this is just awful. and that tsunami in Samoa! It's almost the same time as the tsunami that happened a few years back. I was really saddened to hear this news.Very good of you to post links for relief to these people who need it.

Willie said...

Thanks. I'msure in Malaysia, we will come out with a humanitarian and financial aid soon.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

So much tragedies... hope more peeople have it in their hearts to help & support... Thank you for all the links Cherie! God bless!!
xo*

cherie said...

thank you,RL. i read somewhere that the killer waves were also 20 feet high.~~~all these things happening, a message from above?

thank you, willie. you take care.

cherie said...

thank you, dear lenore! it is awful!!!

Reader Wil said...

Dear Cherie, thank you for all your good work. It's terrible that this is all happening. We have also organizations working on relief services. I am sure the world is all upset about what is going on. Thank you, Cherie.

cherie said...

thank you for coming by, ms. wil. how heartwarming to know that we are all one in this endeavor! God bless you!

Mike said...

So sad. thanks for highlighting it.
My Skywatch

cherie said...

i'm glad you liked my presentation, mike. indeed, it is sad.

Gallivanter said...

The pictures are really saddening. The first image was haunting - encapsulates nature - beauty and wrath.

Gallivanter
www.danielfranklingomez.com

cherie said...

thank you, gallivanter. the first picture also looks like a painting.

magiceye said...

holding good thoughts for all those affected..

Babooshka said...

This makes me realsie I live in a very safe part of the world. Such beauty desolated. Just not fair.

Trudy said...

Oh, my dear Cherie. This is just beyond devastating, I am so sorry. Thank you for giving us all of this information. I will be doing a post on it tomorrow for my Six Word Saturday...I hope it will help lead more people to help!

God bless you!

Karinann said...

Cherie,
These are powerful pictures. I will post about this with a link here fore the links you have provided and of course I will pray.

Ginger said...

Thank you for mentioning CRS.

rainfield61 said...

The earthquake at Indonesia was so strong that we could feel it at Penang.

You are so kind for all these effort.

Pacey said...

Thanks cherie for this compassion for our countrymen. May all the victims be well taken cared of.

Aliceson said...

Heartbreaking! I hope relief reaches the residents very soon.

Icy BC said...

Thank you for all the links, Cherie! This is the time to really landing a helping hands..

cherie said...

i am sure those thoughts are highly apprciated, magiceye. thank you so much.

i know, babooshka. they're geographically disadvantaged. i am sure that every little help is a Godsend. thank you so much.

oh, that would be wonderful, trudy! i can't thank you enough, my dear friend! God bless you and your family!

thank you so much, karinann! i know they will appreciate all the extended hands and arms they can get ahold of. God bless you!

you are most welcome, ginger. every organization counts. the CRS is one of the quickest to respond to the disasters, and i have utmost confidence in them.

i wondered about that, Rain. please take extra care.

maraming salamat po, ate pacey. nakakaawa po talaga sila.

my thoughts exactly, aliceson. thank you so much.

yes, Icy, it is. i thank you for always being there for me.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR YOUR CONCERN, ASSISTANCE, FRIENDHIP, AND DEEP SENSE OF BROTHERHOOD, FOR CROSSING THE BORDERS AND SPARING A HUG ACROSS THE MILES! SPECIAL MENTION TO MS. WIL WHO HAS ALREADY POSTED A LINK TO HER SITE. THANK YOU FOR PLEDGING TO POST LINKS TO YOUR SITES. I HOPE TO REPAY THIS KINDNESS SOMEDAY, MY FRIENDS. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Cherie, Seeing the pictures and watching video must be even harder for you. The devastation is horrible.

Thanks for the links. I will continue to keep you and your homeland in my prayers.
Hugs,
Betsy

cherie said...

very hard, ms. betsy. i can't do the rounds of you all, my blogging friends, because this catastrophe weighs on me! i am sorry. i will be back to my old self in a while. thank you so much for your unending support. please tell mr. george i said hi. gotta play mommy now but will be back soon. my hugs.

Scarlet said...

This is awful! I was just talking to my husband about ways we could help.

cherie said...

scarlet, my dear, i'm sorry i haven't been to your site in a while. i've been busy with THIS. thank you for coming by. these sites should help. thank you so much, and God bless you and your husband.

Vagabonde said...

I came to your blog though Reader Wil’s. When I saw your name I thought you were French as me, are you? Of course first names are sometimes not indicative as mine is Dutch and I am not. Anyway I understand how traumatic all these terrible events are. When we came back from Canada last week many houses in our town had water to their roof tops (only one room in our house had been flooded), but the disaster here in Georgia was not as bad as in Southeast Asia. I am taking notes of the addresses you indicate. It is very good that you do this on your blog. Thank you.

cherie said...

merci, vagabonde. i thank you for coming over and taking note of the links. no, not French, Filipino. my mother's father, a beloved grandfather, gave me my name. so sorry to hear about your house. that georgia flood was also an agonizing experience for many! thank God you are safe. i will be over at your site soon.

Gypsy said...

I'm truly sorry for all these people who are suffering so much in this tragedy. I will put a link in my side bar to your blog so it is there all the time and will hopefully provide a way for people to help.

We are all in this together Cherie.

Middle Ditch said...

I'm finally here. Blogger prevented me for days to add a comment.

So much destruction. So much sadness. Hard to come to terms with.

cherie said...

that is most wonderful, gypsy. thank you so much. God bless you, my friend.


hi, ms. monique. i know. something must be wrong with it again. on another note, the rescuers are really working non-stop in all three countries, and even in vietnam, i would think. i cannot even begin to fathom what i would do had i been in the victims' shoes. thank you so much for coming by.

blessedmom said...

thanks for sharing this info...until now, i still feel sadness inside..kakalungkot what our kababayans had to go through...

cherie said...

you are welcome, sweet mommy. i hope your family is okay in the philippines! thank you for dropping by!

Vagabonde said...

thank you for coming to my blog Cherie. I just placed an addendum to my post and created a link to your blog.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Cherie, I will be more than happy to post a link, and am keeping all in my prayers. I send hugs across the miles.

Take care & G♥d bless!

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Cherie, I have posted your link. It is my sincere hope that others will read it. I bookmarked it using Onlywire: http://hardworkinjudy.blogspot.com/2009/10/we-are-needed-by-our-friends-across-way.html

Take care & G♥d bless!

cherie said...

thank you so much, madame vagabonde. i am so touched. God bless you for your caring heart!~~~and i will be back to your site, ma'am.

juds! you are so good. i thank you warmly for the gesture. God bless you, my friend.

betchai said...

hi Che, thanks a lot for your messages, I admire you for the effort you are putting to raise more funds to the affected areas, the world needs more of you. Hope all is well, and have a blessed Sunday to you and your family.

cherie said...

oh beth, i had been worried about you so when i saw your post, i jumped to comment and landed second.~~~i felt, and still do that i need to be THERE, and am thankful to all the wonderful people who have not hesitated to extend their hands along with me.~~~i hope all is well with you, bethsky. thank you for coming by despite your hectic schedule.

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Cherie, I have posted your link and info on my site. I hope it helps! God Bless you and your efforts to aide the victims. You, as a nurse, know the pain and suffering of victims. Your reward is in Heaven :)

cherie said...

oh, ms. deb, a million thanks! i have already acknowledged your kind deed on my other post (the one that you first linked), and i am doing it again. you ARE a public servant worthy of the name. God bless you, ma'am!

Ayie said...

i hope no more of these....

cherie said...

i know, aying, thanks...

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