My Dear COLOURloving Friends & Family,
I spent Christmas last year with volunteers and survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. We had the 100+ volunteers who were living with us in staple standard tube socks to a wall painted like a fireplace and at 2am I got up… Donned a Santa costume and filled the stockings with knick-knacks and little gifts for the volunteers.
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This year I'm spending it with a village buried by Typhoon Durian in the central Philippines. This is the second year that I'm giving up spending time with my family and the people I love, so I'm asking you to give up a little during the holidays as well:
Please donate to Hands On Disaster Response and support my Non-Profit's efforts to make a difference in communities affected by natural disasters. We are a registered 501c3 Non-Profit and on our website you can view our financial statements. www.HODR.org I'm personally asking my friends and family to donate $100 securely online via: https://secure.ga1.org/05/hodr_darius. If you're having a very tight month then I would ask you to pass this note along and to ask someone else you know to make a donation.
It has become increasingly important in my life to be a global citizen. As a westerner we are born and raised with such a US-Centric view of the world. Even our news pays little attention to what goes on outside our country. Many people probably don't know that a Typhoon (The same thing as a Hurricane) hit the central Philippines destroying over 100,000 homes in early Dec. You may have seen a little news blip if you were really looking, but otherwise it disappeared from the news with little attention. I arrived in Manila yesterday and am now in the Typhoon Durian affected area. If you have any questions about the project here or are interested in volunteering, please shoot me an email.
Thank you for supporting me and my relief work and Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Darius A Monsef IV
Co-Founder & Operations Director
Hands On Disaster Response