Typhoon Haiyan, said to be the worst typhoon in history, has caused massive devastation in the Philippines. Thousands of lives have been lost, leaving an untold number of children orphaned and displaced.
"Toys are the last thing on anyone's mind during a disaster," said Dr. Virgie Cantorna, a clinical psychologist on Maui.
Having worked for the young survivors of Katrina, she knows firsthand how comforting plush, cuddly stuffed animals can be, particularly for traumatized children.
Aloha Care Bears, a project of the Maui Filipino Working Group (MFWG), in partnership with Unity Church of Maui, aims to help ease the pain and trauma being experienced by the child survivors of typhoon Haiyan.
All teddy bears collected and 100 percent of donations, for which tax receipts are available, will go directly to the children hurt by Haiyan.
Drop off your gifts at Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council Inc. (TIRCD). For monetary donations, write the check to TIRCD for MFWG Donation Acct. #0019 and send to P.O. Box 338, Kahului, HI 96732.
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