How Canadians can help the Philippines in light of Typhoon Haiyan

There are over 11 million people affected directly by Typhoon Haiyan (about 1/3 of Canada) and the Philippines is in desperate need of aid from around the world to battle the impact of the world’s largest typhoon to hit land.

Many Filipino-Canadians along with other Canadians are looking for ways to help those gravely affected by the recent disaster.

As a Filipino-Canadian myself, I find that it’s my duty to connect Canadians with ways to help those in the Philippines, who are in dire need of our attention and assistance.

The Canadian government has just announced that they will match every dollar that Canadians donate to aid typhoon Haiyan victims via registered Canadian charities between November 9 to December 8, 2013. This is on top of the $5 million the government is already donating.

The Government of BC will also be matching British Columbians’ donations through BC Liquor Stores and directly on Red Cross Canada’s website until December 9, 2013. They will match up to $300,000.

I urge you to share your fortune with others and urge your loved ones to do the same. Your help is always appreciated, so thank you on behalf of the Philippines.

Donate money:

  • Unicef Canada – To send emergency supplies to Filipino children affected by the disaster
  • Canadian Red Cross– To help with emergency supplies
  • Save the Children -To help with disaster relief efforts for children and families affected. 10 per cent of donations will be put aside for the next emergency.
  • Global Medic Canada – To help mobilize the Global Medic team with supplying Aquatabs for clean water for victims
  • World Vision Canada – To provide life saving essentials and emergency supplies to victims
  • Salvation Army Canada – To provide assistance to the thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan
  • The public can also drop off donations at any Sears retail location across Canada starting Nov. 12 or by phone at 1-800-26-SEARS starting Nov. 13. In-store donations of $1-$10 can be made by cash or credit card and a receipt will be provided.
  • FIRST Society (Filipinos in Richmond Support Team) will be accepting cash donations on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Real Canadian Superstore on No. 3 Road at Leslie Road in Richmond, BC. Donations will be given to the Canadian Red Cross.
  • Text to donate:
    • Canadian Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.
    • UN World Food Programme: Text RELIEFNOW to 45678 to donate $10.
    • World Vision Canada: Text WORLD or AID to 45678 to donate $20.

Donate goods and food:

  • Donate non-perishable foods through St. Joseph the Worker’s School in Richmond, BC, by making arrangements with the school at 604-277-1115.
  • LBC Mundial Cargo Corporation will be providing free boxes, shipping and delivery for all goods earmarked for its relief efforts.LBC works closely with the Red Cross and will ensure the donations get to the hardest-hit areas. Requests for cardboard boxes can be made to or, and they will be dropped off. Boxed goods ready for shipment can be dropped off at LBC’s Richmond office at 105-3840 Jacombs Rd. For more information, call 604-303-0199.


Location: Continental Seafood Restaurant, 11700 Cambie Rd., at No. 5 Road.

By the Richmond Chinese Community Society, Filipino Friends in Richmond, Vancouver Diamond Lions Club, Vancouver Metropolitan Lions Club and the Vancouver South Lions Club.

For more information, e-mail or call 604-270-7222.

  •  Fundraising Dinner – Richmond, November. 23

Richmond Mandarin Lions Club, in partnership with Richmond RCMP is hosting a fundraising luncheon at Continental Seafood Restaurant. It is also a Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief fund effort.


  • Join current digital volunteer projects. – If you’re a techie person, here’s a great way to help from the comfort of your bed. They’re looking for all skills: from social media helpers, developers, designers, etc.

Spread the word:

  • Use the tracing form by Philippine Red Cross to help people find missing loved ones.
  • The Canadian government has set up numbers to help Canadians find information on loved ones affected by the typhoon: They are 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885.
  • Viber– Temporary service allows Filipino users to call regular (non-Viber) numbers outside of the Philippines for free.
  • The Philippines Red Cross is using social media as much as possible to coordinate their efforts. Follow @philredcross or use the hashtag #tracingPH if you are looking for friends or family.
  • RT @ShawInfo: All long-distance calls to the Philippines will be offered to all Shaw Phone customers at no additional cost until further notice.
  • RT @ShawInfo: To help our customers get more info on the typhoon in the Philippines, The Filipino Channel (ch. 509) is available to all for a limited time.
  • RT @TELUS: Our thoughts are w/ those in the Philippines. BC/AB: to help stay connected – all home phone calls to the country are free Nov 8-14, 2013.
  • PhilCAS of BC is a local Filipino folk dance group and is ready to help out and provide their services for FREE. Contact AJ 604.379.9112 or Rachel at 604.348.5389 or email racheltara.ambrosio [at]

If you’re a registered Canadian charity: Registered charities have until December 23, 2013 to submit their declaration forms indicating the amount of eligible donations they collected.

Other information on how to help:

This list will be constantly updated with more ways for Canadians to help.
If there’s anything you’d like to be added to this list, please email



8 thoughts on “How Canadians can help the Philippines in light of Typhoon Haiyan

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