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Collect Love and Donations for the Philippines 

Written by  By Tsze Hut Sea, Kota Tinggi / Translated by Lee Ren Hui

Dharma Master Yan Che from Fa Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant donated all the takings made from the restaurant's one-day charity sale to Tzu Chi for the victims.【Photograph by Tsze Hut Sea】

Immediately after the onslaught of super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Tzu Chi volunteers in Kota Tinggi started their donation drive. They went into every street to collect donations, well-wishes and compassion from the public for the typhoon victims.


"We are Tzu Chi volunteers collecting donation to help typhoon victims in the Philippines."
"We hope that you can spare some love, just a little bit will do!"
"Let's us do a good deed by helping typhoon victims in the Philippines!"

Holding donation boxes in their hands, and with posters of the typhoon disaster in the background, Tzu Chi volunteers stood at bustling streets, smiling warmly as they solicit donations, love and care from the public.

On November 8, 2013, super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, killing and injuring over ten thousand people, and many also lost their homes. Malaysia's Tzu Chi volunteers kick-started the "Shower Your Love on Philippines Typhoon Victims" drive to collect donations and love, hoping that all kind-hearted members of the public can share their care and well-wishes with the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

After accepting this special mission, Tzu Chi volunteers in Kota Tinggi immediately went into the streets to collect donations, love and well-wishes from the public, hoping that the Filipino victims can rebuild their homes soon.

Collect donation in the streets regardless of illness

Huang Jing Xin, who works in Singapore, was shocked and saddened to see images of total devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan on the news. At work, she kept abreast of the latest developments and was also actively seeking venues of donations to aid the typhoon victims.

After learning about Tzu Chi's donation collection activities, she took leave from work on November 13 and went to Tzu Chi's Ulu Tiram Community Centre to help with the making of donation collection boxes. Besides inviting her family and friends to participate in the street donation collection, she also called on her friends on Facebook to collect donation and share their love for the victims.

Jing Xin said, "I hope the victims can find relief soon." Despite her recent surgery, Jing Xin still took three days of leave from work to help volunteers to raise donations wherever possible, as well as, collect love and kindness from every donor to help the typhoon victims.

Jing Xin, who had not participated in such an activity before said, "Although collecting donation is more tiring than working, I felt very happy because to be able to give is a blessing itself."

The cycle of goodness ripples in the crowd

In addition to Tzu Chi's activities that included fervent prayers and collection of well-wishes, volunteers also collected donations and love for the victims from more than 3,000 students of Tiram Chinese Primary School on November 14, 2013.

The best places to raise love and care are where the crowds are, such as wet markets, night markets, food courts, supermarkets, parks, and so on. Apart from these places, volunteers also took the opportunity to go to Toto, 4-D and Da Ma Cai outlets to inspire love and care for others.

If there is love in the world, there is hope. Members of the public from different religious denominations and nationalities were all moved by the dedication and perseverance of Tzu Chi volunteers, who collected donations in sunshine and in rain for the typhoon victims. Hence, many people gave voluntarily and generoussly. A foreign worker from Myanmar even took off his shoes when placing his contribution into the box as a mark of respect and blessing for the volunteers.

Upon seeing the volunteers, an old immobile lady immediately asked her maid to direct the volunteers to collect donation from her. There were also little children bringing their piggy banks and donated their savings with love.

Seize the opportunity to show compassion to the victims

"The homeless victims with no food are very pitiful," said Chen Shi Yin, who has three young children. To help the suffering victims, she placed her children at a friend's place so that she could spend time going into the streets to collect donations, and experiencing the joy of helping others.

When 9-year old Zhuang Hui Ying learnt about the disaster on Da Ai TV news, she wanted to help the homeless victims. So, she followed her grandmother, Wen Xiu Qing, to the street to collect donations, holding a donation box with her small arms and calling out with her sweet voice, "Please help the typhoon victims in the Philippines." Many people were touched by her selfless gesture and responded.

When University student, Rong Zhi Hui, returned to her hometown during her semester break and learnt that Tzu Chi volunteers were collecting donations at a supermarket in Kota Tinggi, she immediately seized the opportunity to join Tzu Chi to collect donation at the entrance of the supermarket. With her warm smile and 90-degree bow, many customers were delighted to place their donations with her, including the supermarket's Supervisor Huang and his co-workers.

Zhi Hui, who joined donation collection for the first time, shared, "Actually collecting donation is not hard, because as long as you are not afraid of speaking up and maintaining a sincere attitude, many people will not hesitate to contribute with love."

Vegetarian charity sales to gather kind thoughts

We can relieve pain and suffering from frequent natural disasters only through pious abstinence and gathering of goodness from all.

Vegetarian restaurant owner, Huang Chen Xi, who is in his seventies, concurs with Tzu Chi's ideology and has been advocating vegetarian diet and recycling to save the Earth. When he learnt of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan on Da Ai TV, he held a charity sale on November 16 and donated all the proceeds from the day's takings to Tzu Chi as relief fund for the victims. He said, "To be able to help people in need is our blessing."

Another recently opened vegetarian restaurant also joined Tzu Chi in the donation drive. Dharma Master Yan Che, who runs the restaurant told Tzu Chi volunteer, Lin Jin Hua that the restaurant would like to place a donation box to enable its customers to make donations and obtain their own blessing by helping the victims. At the same time, Master Yan Che also decided to donate to Tzu Chi all the takings made from the restaurant's charity sale on November 17 for the Filipino victims.

Promoting vegetarian diet and recycling are part of the mission of all Tzu Chi members, in addition to showing compassion for all living beings and love for Mother Earth. On November 23, volunteers also organized a vegetarian lunch box charity sale to raise funds for the typhoon victims, and also hoped that more people would adopt vegetarianism, gather blessings and reduce the suffering on Earth.

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Master Cheng Yen once said, "Hope in mankind comes from mutual help; and a safe person is a blessed person." From November 13 to 24, Tzu Chi Kota Tinggi had mobilized some 450 people to participate in more than 65 street donation collection events. Everyone put in their best effort to help deliver love and blessing to the typhoon victims; and, at the same time, this round of donation drive also acted as a wake-up call for all of us to always be mindful as natural disaster can strike at any time.

 

Parents and students, who received Tzu Chi's Scholarships, also made donations to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines.【Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong】 Tzu Chi volunteer bowed low so that 80-year old Fu Ya Ying could put aside her prejudice against the Philippines as a result of the Lahad Datu invasion, to make her donation to help the typhoon victims.【Photograph by Chong Lih Jiun】

Parents and students, who received Tzu Chi's Scholarships, also made donations to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines.【Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong】

Tzu Chi volunteer bowed low so that 80-year old Fu Ya Ying could put aside her prejudice against the Philippines as a result of the Lahad Datu invasion, to make her donation to help the typhoon victims.【Photograph by Chong Lih Jiun】
Huang Jing Xin (left) took three days of leave from work to participate in Tzu Chi's donation collection activities. She even invited her friends to join her in the street donation collection.【Photograph by Tan Siu Eng】

Huang Jing Xin (left) took three days of leave from work to participate in Tzu Chi's donation collection activities. She even invited her friends to join her in the street donation collection.【Photograph by Tan Siu Eng】

 

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