WJE Contributes to Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal

November 27, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan has destroyed cities and villages in the Phillipines, leaving its survivors without secure food, water, shelter, and clothing. Much help is needed to begin to restore the lives and livelihoods of the citizens of the Philippines, and WJE is supporting the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide immediate aid and assistance to the affected peoples.

A WJE staff member, whose mother is Filipino, recently shared her gratefulness for WJE's support for this effort. She pointed to one of her favorite Tagalog words—Bayanihan [ba-ya-NEE-han]. It means "people coming together, everyone coming together to help out." The term has its roots in the word bayan, referring to a nation, country, town, or community. The whole term bayanihan implies a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective.

In total, employee donations made to the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal and matching contributions by WJE were nearly $25,000.

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