Plea made to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan

I am a 16-year-old Filipino-American boy. I am writing for the cause of reaching out to the those affected by the massive typhoon in the Philippines known as Typhoon Haiyan. This typhoon struck the Leyte and Samar islands, which are south of the nation’s capital, Manila. It is considered to be the second-most-deadly typhoon in the Philippines, and there were more than 2,000 casualties.

I admit, I don’t pay attention to the news very often. I did hear some things about this storm in the background, but I never really paid attention to it because I knew that it was typhoon season in the Philippines. When I first saw the typhoon in headlines, the images and videos struck me. I have never seen such devastation to a place, other than Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, which struck a year ago, and Hurricane Katrina, which struck the New Orleans coast in 2005. When I saw those images of the flooded cities and the struggling people, I immediately felt grief and sorrow for those living there.

I would like to ask for readers’ help. Please donate money and/or resources to the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations as they are feverishly working hard for the Filipinos affected there. It would mean so much to the devastated Filipinos if they see our combined efforts in helping them with food resources, money, etc. I hope that we can all work together to help the affected Filipinos.

Joshua Ancheta