Christmas should have been a time for family to come together and reminisce on the year that came before. But on Christmas Day, Super Typhoon Nina (International Name: Nock-Ten) landed on the Bicol Region. With howling winds moving 230 kilometers (143 miles) per hour, the storm ripped through the area, destroying homes and flipping cars, endangering the lives of thousands of people who just wanted a quiet and peaceful Christmas.
Soon, pictures of the devastation that Nina inflicted started streaming in and the Exempli Gratia Foundation responded to the call to help Bicol stand up again. With the aid of the Blue Helmet Volunteers, the Foundation repacked an initial 100 plastic bags of relief goods containing two kilos of rice, two packs of instant noodles and two canned goods. Then more help came from various generous donors came in bringing in old clothes and cash donations.
The Foundation then organized a five member team, led by Founding Chairman Ronald Rodriguez, using a pickup truck to deliver the goods to Bicol. Driving through heavy traffic, the team personally saw the heart-rending damage that the storm caused.
They went to the flood swamped city of Iriga in the Rinconada district where 150 relief packs where distributed through the help of APEX members from the Ateneo De Naga. Another 150 packs were distributed to Goa Town in the Partido District. A total of 350 more packs are set to be distributed in the town of Ragay this week.
With your help, the critical relief supplies reached our brothers and sisters affected by this super Typhoon. Truly, the spirit of bayanihan is alive and well as we approach the New Year with the hopes and dreams of the beautiful people of Bicol.
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