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Change the Future, One Family in the Phillipines
The amount of lives affected by the typhoon that hit the Central Philippines on Nov. 8th is staggering, how could you possibly come up with a number. They still can't quantify the death toll as they are discovering bodies, missing persons and people are walking around aimlessly unaccounted for, unreachable by conventional methods.
It is hard to fathom the rebuilding process when we have so much and they have so little, not even a brick to start a foundation of a home. There are many outlets to help. All are good provided you make sure they are legitimate and going to the rightful source, the people, aiding those that need it.
This post is about one family in particular hard hit by Yolanda, the catastrophic typhoon. So let me back up a minute. I met Jessa Santos this summer in Northern Kentucky, where she lives. She is from a large family and came over to the United States to try to provide a better life for herself and her young daughter Dawn. All of her siblings still live there and have been directly impacted by this tragedy. Her step-father is trying to do all he can to bring awareness to the family from others that might offer some assistance. Everyone that knows the family or hears of their plight is being asked to spread the word as he has created a funding account just for Elsie, his children and his grandchildren to receive aid via this special account. The relief going into the country is limited and quite slow.
His information is below. If interested in helping, please give knowing that no gift is too small. Jessa's step-father is will keep anyone posted on how their kindness and generosity is helping his children in this time of dire need if they are interested, so please let him know when you mail in your gift.
Pass this information on as well. This is a good loving family. They are proud people and are in desperate need of help.
Thank you for taking time to reflect on their plight.
those of you who are moved to make a donation to help the victims of typhoon
Yolanda in the
I ask you to please help Elsie’s and my five children and five grandchildren
who are victims of this terrible catastrophe. We now know that, by the grace of
God, they all
(two of them miraculously, having been in Elsie’s house when the storm and
sadly, all that each of them has now is their life, and the clothes they were
wearing while enduring
monster storm. They have lost everything else.
Elsie's house (before typhoon Yolanda hit)
Elsie’s house, where three of
her children lived, has
totally destroyed, flattened to the ground by the ferocious wind and the 16 ft.
storm surge. The same
is true for the home of Elsie’s elder son, his wife and four children. All gone
now. Wherever all of
will go and whatever they will do, they will have to start their lives anew,
for there is not one thing left
of their lives before November 7th.
If you are so inclined, we will be forever
grateful, as I am sure
they, for a contribution of any amount to the fund we have set up for their
Fund”). Should you do so, you will then know exactly whom your money will be helping
recover from this
disaster and that every penny will be benefiting them directly. May God bless
Mail donation to: Elsie’s Children Fund, c/o W. C. Roth, 134 Main Ave., Highland Heights, KY 41076
Please write email address on check.
Yvette Blanche Ella
Bill Kim Jerome
Joy Joy Jessa Mae Jessel
General information on family members above:
Yvette, Elsie's daughter ("Net Net")
Yvette's dog "Poochie" somehow survived the typhoon but now won't leave the wreckage that was Elsie's house, even though she has no food.
Blanche ("Che Che"), Elsie's daughter
Blanche's daughter, Ellacriss (named after Elsie's given name, "Criselda")
Bill, Elsie's son (Elsie calls him "Billingoi")
Kimberly ("Kim Kim"), Elsie's youngest daughter
Jerome ("Jing", "Rome"), Elsie's eldest child
Joy Joy, Jerome's eldest daughter (her debut was to be on her 18th birthday, this November 28th)