Here is the order of priority of good needed:
- Ready to eat foods:
Canned with peel off lid.
No fresh food..No bread, fruit
NO WATER… handled there.
- Medicines, Over the Counter-
First Aid Kits
Bandages, Ointments, soaps
Tents, Tarps, rope (think like a person who has lost everything, what do you need?)
- Clothing and shoes
NO WINTER COATS
Blankets, slippers/flip-flops, gym shoes, pants, shirts
- Long-Term survival that is portable
Cooking pans, portable stoves
Tools, pocket knives, shovels
- Rizal center needs
Moving Trucks to relocate organized goods
Volunteers to unload vehicles, sort goods, pack and label.
Storage for boxes.
Wednesday evening, a cargo plane will be taking off from Chicago to the Philippines with food, clothing and supplies for those affected by the recent typhoon.
Volunteers are working until midnight Tuesday and all day Wednesday to receive and pack up enough donations to fill a 42' container that will be aboard that plane. Even in 25 degree weather tonight, they were busy taking donations out of cars that lined up along Irving Park Road.
It's all happening at the Jose Rizal Center, on Irving Park just west of Clark (1332 W Irving Park). If you can help, they need you! If you can donate, they need your stuff!
They are looking for these items:
- used and new clothing (no winter clothes please)
- first aid kits
- easy to open canned-goods
- gym shoes
- disinfectant wipes and gels
- flip flops
- No bottled water, since those logistics are being handled on the ground
If you don't have anything to give, but want to help, please call and see if they need your help packing boxes. Tonight there were easily 50-75 volunteers there at 10:45pm and the cars just kept showing up with donations.
More information is here.