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Maryland Sixth Graders Raise Funds for Yolanda or Haiyan Victims

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It started with Kirsten Solloway, a 12-year old student of Elkridge Landing Middle School in Elkridge, Maryland. Having a Filipino as a stepfather, she learned of the devastation brought about by tyhpoon Haiyan or Yolanda in the Philippines and felt a personal connection to the tragedy. Together with her classmate and friend, Ryleigh Justice, they started a fund-raising drive last month by placing thirty decorated jars all around the school.

They raised more than $1,000 in 18 days which they donated to the American Red Cross.

That started the ball rolling as classrooms in the school competed with each other. Eventually, the school itself got involved and raised another $1,000.

Read entire story at Elkridge Patch.

Photo from Elkridge Landing Middle School.


Live Web Concert of American Idol Runner-up Jessica Sanchez

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Jessica Sanchez, the global Filipino’s favorite and bet to the 11th season of the popular American reality-singing competition American Ido which she won runner-up, will be performing her first concert on November 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM CST (or 9:00 PM of the same date for the Philippines). All the proceeds of the half-hour show will be donated to the American Red Cross for the benefit of the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Ticket price is $10.

Born from a Mexican-American father and a Filipina mother, the 18 year old started singing at the of two and aspires to be a mainstream singer who can “belt but sing upbeat songs.” She competed  on the first season of America’s Got Talent at the age of 11 but only made it to the semi-finals even if the show’s executive producer and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell named her “one of the best I have ever heard.”

She released two singles with independent record label Spin Move Records: a cover of “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna for iTunes and a cover of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” for YouTube and exclusive download on the label’s website. She also sang The Star-Spangled Banner before a San Diego Chargers versus New York Jets matchup and before a San Diego Chargers versus Miami Dolphins matchup. Sanchez was also one of the singers in the video “We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)” for charity relief for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake which collectively recognized all the participants as “Persons of the Week” on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on 2010.

On July 8, 2011, Jessica auditioned for the eleventh season of American Idol in her hometown of San Diego, California at the age of 15. She made it to the Top 2 finale but she received criticisms of her lacklustre rendition of her single “Change Nothing” besides her second rendition of the season of “The Prayer.” Even if she received a standing ovation from the judges during her duet with Jennifer Holiday of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” she finished as runner-up behind season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. is an online venue where artists perform live, interactive, monetized shows for their fans directly from a laptop, offering fans unique experiences that are never archived. Every Stageit show is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s not to be missed. It allows both fans and artists to be part of the show. Fans are encouraged to ask the artist questions, request songs, and even chat with other fans during the show. thus enables fans to support artists. Whether you’re helping an artist finance their next album or contributing to the performer’s favorite charity, Stageit artists actually get paid for their time. Lastly, artists decide when to play, what to play and how much they want to charge. Fans then buy virtual tickets to the show using our virtual currency called “Notes” (1 Note = 10¢ USD). From Rick Springfield to The Game, Jake Owen to Carly Simon, and Phillip Phillips to Less Than Jake, allows for any genre or type of act. Even comedians, chefs, magicians, and other types of performers also share the stage, including Jamie Kennedy, Pablo Francisco, Chef Art Smith, and more.

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How to Help Philippine Super Typhoon Victims

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It has been three days since Haiyan or Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone or typhoon ever recorded, has brought death to thousands of Filipinos in Central Philippines, and millions more have been affected and displaced with destroyed homes. On top of this, chaos has emerged among the populace because of the lack of food, water and basic social services.

Now, the international call for help has loudly been broadcast by several international relief organizations to come to the aid of the predominantly Catholic country in Southeast Asia.

Here are several ways YOU CAN HELP through the various local and international organizations listed below. If there are any errors to the links, kindly report it to so the author and webmaster can fix the issue.



Philippine National Red Cross (
Hotline: 143
Telephone: 527-0000

text RED<space><amount-in-Pesos> to
2899 (Globe)
4483 (Smart)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Gawad Kalinga Operation Operation Walang Iwanan (Typhoon Yolanda)

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya

Ayala Foundation’s Laging Handa Fund


Caritas Filipinas Foundation

Victory – Every Nation

St. Scholastica’s College
Cash/check donations pay to “St. Scholastica’s College Manila”
BDO account number 4580-000-210
E-mail your transaction receipts to for proper acknowledgment.

One La Salle Relief Drive (Yolanda)

Ateneo De Manila Disaster Response and Management Team



Check the credentials of any charitable organization

Canadian Red Cross

American Red Cross

British Red Cross

Australian Red Cross

U.N. World Food Programme
Text AID to 27722 to donate $10 in the USA


The Salvation Army USA

United Arab Emirates
LBC in UAE accepts in-kind donations but not “used clothes” a problem with Philippine customs policies. LBC will accept blankets, shoes or slippers, canned goods, and toiletries. All boxes of goods should be addressed to the LBC Foundation that will send the goods to the Red Cross. Drop them at the Karama and Abu Dhabi offices of LBC in UAE. Read more at source.

Oxfam – United Kingdom

Care International – United Kingdom

Care Australia

Médecins Sans Frontières – Australia

World Vision – Australia

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – USA and Canada

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps Emergency Response Fund

Save the Children

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Donate Now

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Australia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Australia

Mercy Corps

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada – Government of Canada
Canada launches matching fund to help those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan

Habitat for Humanity
Plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.

Operation USA

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) – USA

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Plan – UK
Plan is a global children’s charity.

Child Fund – Australia

Caritas – Australia

Christian Aid – Australia

Catholic Relief Services

Convoy of Hope

Samaritan’s Purse International Rellief


Sources: USA Today | CBS News | In-a-gist Forum | NBC World News | SBS Australia | CNN International

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