This is old thread pero I'll post anyway. The other disaster that affects both the calamity victims and relief volunteers are seemingly useful but are actually useless donated stuff from well intentioned citizens.
Please do not send stuff (old clothes, bottled water, bedsheets, etc) sa mga org. Please give MONEY instead to your favorite charity like Red Cross, AbsCbn or GMA. Kahit 50 pesos lang malaking tulong na iyon. Sila na bahala bumili ng supplies. 100% magagamit unlike pag goods, baka inenok lang ng corrupt people (marami sila na ganun). Mas effective ang pera.
Kung pupunta kayo sa warehouse ng malalaking foundation, you'll discover that they have a "used clothes" problem. They fill up the storage space.
I know it is tempting to give old clothes kasi it's the easiest and most handy tsaka it gives you an opportunity to spring clean your closet pero it adds to the bulk sa relief efforts. Ang hirap pang i-sort nun. Merong mga loko nagbibigay ng uniforms, Americana, wedding gowns and batman costumes. Give your clothes instead sa Caritas Segunda Mana in Pandacan or Salvation Army in Leon Guinto. They will sell your clothes and proceeds will go to various projects. Or organize a garage sale or sell them to second hand stores then send money to your favorite org.
It costs a lot to ship them. Yung Sendong, maraming taga Manila ang nagpadala ng clothing to Cagayan and Iligan. Kahit nagmagandang loob ang LBC and gave discounted sum for freight services, it still cost a lot to ship them. Then what happened? Yung clothes na pinadala nakatambak at nakakalat lang sa kalye, sayang naman yung effort ng LBC. Di nila priority mga damit. Nawalan na nga ng tirahan, binigyan mo pa ng basura.
Noodles, canned goods
Paano nila kakainin yun kung wala silang lutuan tsaka abre-lata? Tapos iba-iba pa yung brands and sizes. Yung isa nakatanggap ng Spam tapos ako CDO lang. Give them to soup kitchens instead.
Paano nila malalaman yung sizes ng recipient? Binigyan mo pa ng problema mga volunteers. Do that pag walang calamity, pag may extra time and surplus of volunteers.
I've seen comforters na nakakalat sa kalye right after matapos yung Ondoy. Mga donated daw yun. Paano nga nila lalabhan at patutuyuin yun?
Kung ano lang ang hiningi yun lang ang dapat ibigay. If they asked for 2 gallons of water, don't give 5 gallons thinking na mas malaki mas mainam. Don't sneak old stuff like bags (buti sana kung maganda) or dirty toys. Pero money pa rin ang ibigay.