In honor of Giving Tuesday yesterday, the Seattle mayor’s office issued a proclamation to encourage charitable donations and acts, and Jolkona hosted a holiday party to kick off our Standing With the Philippines campaign. It was inspiring — and fun! — to join the international #GivingTuesday movement, aimed at reclaiming the true meaning of the holiday season after the feasting and chaotic consumerism of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Our supporters have contributed more than $1,200 so far, which Jolkona partner Peace Winds America can use to help at least a dozen Filipino families displaced by last month’s Typhoon Haiyan. Let’s keep it going throughout December — and well into 2014, as the relief and recovery efforts are ongoing, despite our tendency to move on to the next headline.
As our co-founder Adnan Mahmud stated in his recent Huffington Post column:
The trouble is, most of us tend to remember to give only after disasters and during the holiday season — especially with the growing popularity of the “Giving Tuesday” movement, observed Dec. 3 this year. But for the millions of people in need locally and globally, access to medical care, housing, food and water aren’t only problems once or twice a year. Poverty doesn’t take a day off.
Our Philippines campaign has suggested donation increments of $30, $60 and $200, but any amount will make a difference. Donors can also make contributions as holiday gifts for family and friends — a win-win situation, if you’re like me and have trouble shopping for several people on your “nice” list every year…
For more on Peace Winds America’s disaster relief plans in the Philippines, here’s a clip of Jon Ehrenfeld, the organization’s civil-military program manager, at the #GivingTuesday party at Jolkona HQ last night.