If you guys have nothing to do this weekend other than eat out, I’d like you to do your share in sending aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Super Typhoon Yolanda). You can either donate clothes, food, hygiene packs, or money. Or you can be a volunteer for relief organizations such as the Red Cross, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, GMA Kapuso Foundation, or Sagip Kapamilya.
But if you don’t have the time to do that, there’s another way to help our brethren: by eating out.
Chef and food blogger Jeremy Slagle of MrDelicious.PH organized a movement on social media called the #YolandaActionWeekend. This weekend, restaurants and food businesses are urged to donate a portion of their earnings to the relief efforts in hard-hit areas like Leyte, Samar, Cebu, and Coron in Palawan. Over 100 restaurants have joined this movement.
Once you’ve dined in any of these establishments, post a status and/or picture and use the hash tags #ReliefPH #YolandaActionWeekend to participate and support the cause.
I know that showing food pictures and selfies on social media at a time like this is taboo. Normally, I’d discourage such acts. I’m even tempted to post “Meanwhile, in Tacloban…” as a comment on any food post. This is a different matter, though. Eating in places that support relief efforts, and donate their proceeds to those who need aid, is a simple way to reach out to our needy countrymen.
I hope these participating restaurants succeed in helping the victims of Haiyan. I’ll pray for your endeavors.