Alum initiates one-of-a-kind relief effort

Alum initiates one-of-a-kind relief effort

by UA&P News Desk on August 14, 2012 - 7:13 pm

“This rainy season, help share blankets and arroz caldo” by Carmela G. Lapena, from GMA NEWS

Donors’ unwearable clothes are transformed into blankets for victims of the recent calamity.

During rainy weather, some of us are lucky to be able to wrap ourselves in blankets and keep warm with a mug of steaming soup. But there are others who are stranded, or stuck in evacuation centers. 

Floods are bad news. But times like these are an opportunity to help others by sharing our supplies, like food and clothing.

Apart from helping others, this also gives you the chance to clean out your closet. Clothes that no longer fit or haven’t been wearable for years can still be put to good use.

“I don’t give my clothes away until rains like this happen. I feel like it’s better than the clothes ending up in ukay-ukay or something,” says Dylan Ventura, a Baguio resident.

It may seem that some of the donated clothes may not be very useful, but while gathering clothes to donate, don’t discard items with holes or missing buttons. Instead, you can bring them to Briggy Hall in Kapitolyo, Pasig, where volunteer Joyce Fong will be sewing blankets using unwearable clothes.

The kind that are not being accepted by organizations. Sayang kasi. We know that people need blankets also,” said Briggy Hall’s Ivanna Aguiling, whose friend, Joyce Fong messaged her on Facebook asking her to help gather unwearable clothes. Fong, a photography enthusiast, is a fresh graduate from Massachussetts Institute of Technology, and is just here on vacation, according to Aguiling.

She said they are also asking people at the University of Asia and the Pacific for help. “They have a drive there. If they get garments that are not usable, we’ll bring them to Briggy Hall. Joyce will bring them home and sew them, then back to Briggy Hall, then back to the relief center,” she said.

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