“It’s too much”

Photo credit: Bullit Marquez (AP)

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Crisis Response program is collecting donations to support relief efforts in the Philippines. The first $50,000 raised was sent to CITIZENS’ DISASTER RESPONSE CENTER, a community-based relief organization in the Philippines. All additional funds raised are being sent to TEAM RUBICON, an organization that deploys military veterans for disaster relief. As of Thursday morning, the FBB community has raised more than $60,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines. 100 percent of all donations will be forwarded to our beneficiaries throughout the course of the drive. Click here to contribute.

Our crisis beneficiary, Team Rubicon, launched Operation: Seabird to offer help in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Their volunteers are focusing on search and rescue efforts and providing medical triage for a field hospital in Tacloban. On the Team Rubicon website, photojournalist Kirk Jackson talks about the team’s experineces on the ground in Tacloban.

It was Haiti in 2010 that we last saw this level of destruction — a level of destruction that doesn’t just leave entire cities displaced, but also strips away its infrastructure, commerce, industry, schools, agriculture, and every home within miles. Today we were airlifted via Phillipines Air Force helicopters into Tanauan, and the bird’s eye view on the trip in had the potential to numb, to make some throw their hands up in the air and say, “It’s too much.”

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