Tzu Chi Foundation
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, left behind a wide swath of destruction in the Philippines on November 8, with the highly populated city of Tacloban hit hardest. Currently, death toll estimates reach as high as 10,000, and as rescue efforts have been slowed by the enormous scope of the disaster region, casualties may continue to rise. In addition, countless people have been left without homes, in dire need of food and clean drinking water.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has already launched its disaster relief effort and prepared 200,000 individual servings of instant rice meals and 30,000 blankets to be shipped to the disaster region. On November 12, the first shipment of 30,000 blankets and 60,000 instant rice meals departed for the disaster region via C-130 military transport aircraft.
Tzu Chi Foundation USA invites donations of relief funds and kind thoughts from individuals across the United States to send to disaster survivors in the Philippines. Please make checks payable to “Tzu Chi” and write “Disaster Fund” on the memo line. Please mail the donation check to Tzu Chi Foundation Northwest Region at 2355 Oakland Rd. San Jose, CA 95131 or click www.tcnw.org to make a donation online. For donation information, please call 408-457-6964 (San Jose and south bay), 415-682-0566 (San Francisco), 510-879-0971 (Oakland). With your donation, Tzu Chi can help more survivors to recover from the disaster.