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Kickstart Kalasada Coffee

Kalsada Coffee Kickstarter

I’ve decided to join Kalsada Coffee’s mission to support Filipino coffee farmers and bring the Philippine coffee industry back to its former glory, one farm at a time. Kalsada Coffee is currently in Kickstarter mode and is 80% funded with less than 2 days to go. I invite you to consider backing this Kickstarter. You can find more info at kalsada.org. Salamat!

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Online Bake Sale and Auction for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Starts Tonight!

Online bake sale and auction for Philippine Typhoon Haiyan diaster relief

Nutella banana bread. Pumpkin pie granola. Cupcakes in a jar.

These are just a few of the fabulous items that will be up for bid during The Chic Life’s online bake sale and auction to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and World Food Programme.

Bidding opens at 9PM ET on Thursday, November 21 and will run for 24 hours, CLOSING at 9pm ET on Friday, November 22.

I’m happy to be a part of this fundraiser, and I look forward to making Gluten-Free Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats for my winning bidder.

For a full list of bake sale and auction items, please visit: http://thechiclife.com/2013/11/call-for-donations-online-bake-sale-and-auction-for-the-philippines.html.

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Online Bake Sale and Auction for Philippine Disaster Relief

Diana Stewart of The Chic Life is hosting an online bake sale and auction on Thursday, November 21 to raise money for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Diana held a similar bake sale four years ago for Haiti and raised nearly $3,000.

The situation in the Philippines is truly desperate. As I read in a CNN report, “Typhoon Haiyan has killed too many people to count so far and pushed to the brink of survival thousands more who have lost everything, have no food or medical care and are drinking filthy water to stay alive.” The United Nations estimates that 800,000 people have been displaced by the storm.

The Philippines chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, opened the UN climate talks with an impassioned plea for urgent action, and announced a hunger strike in solidarity for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

In the wake of immense death and destruction, every dollar donated to help the people in the Philippines will make a difference, and together we can give more than on an individual basis. All money raised from the bake sale and auction will be donated to the American Red Cross Typhoon Appeal Fund or the World Food Programme.

I will be making gluten-free Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats for the bake sale. Diana is also accepting gift certificates, handmade goods, accessories, etc. for the auction.

If you are interested in participating or helping to spread the word, please read this blog post and sign up here.

Maraming salamat. Thank you very much.

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Help Provide Food, Water, and Other Aid to People in Philippines Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

My parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines nearly 50 years ago, but they still have many friends and relatives in their home country. I myself briefly studied abroad in the Philippines.

Our personal ties to the Philippines make it doubly hard to process the absolute devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has caused.

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with official news accounts of the death and destruction, as well as personal stories from friends’ loved ones who have been affected. One woman recounted how she waited 5 hours in line for water. And I keep thinking about an interview with a Philippine disaster relief worker who said they ran out of body bags because there were so many dead.

I read that the city of Tacloban, which is in one of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon, is near the Red Beach on Leyte Island where U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in 1944 during World War II and fulfilled his famous pledge: “I shall return.”

As many as 10,000 are believed to be dead in that city.

UNICEF estimates that 1.7 million children are living in areas impacted by the typhoon.

The best way to immediately help any disaster relief is by making a monetary donation. Below is a list of nonprofits that you can give money through to provide emergency shelter, food, and other aid.

In addition, I would encourage you to spend your money at Filipino-owned businesses and restaurants. It’s likely that they will be sending money back to the Philippines as well.

The Philippines needs your prayers, and they need your action too.

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