Tragedy struck the people of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck last week, causing nearly 4,000 deaths and over 12,000 injured, homeless and without food and water.
Celebrities have taken to their Twitter accounts to express sorrow for the country, but one star’s message in particular really hits it out of the park.
Glee star Darren Criss, whose mother is Filipino, posted a heartfelt message on his Facebook page, including a video message as well as a link where you can donate.
RumorFix is publishing it in its entirety:
In case you’re not already aware, last week’s Super Typhoon Haiyan wrought unimaginable destruction to the Philippines, leaving thousands dead and millions more in need of food, water, and shelter. The Filipino government has declared a national state of calamity, which allows it to use state funds for relief- but the reality is that this won’t even begin to scratch the surface of what the country now needs to heal from such terrible devastation.
This is where you come in.
In an effort to raise money for those in need in the Philippines, I’m encouraging anyone who should find themselves at this site, whether fan or stranger, to donate what they can to the relief effort, and let those in need know they are not alone.
For everyone that donates $25 to the World Food Programme, I will print and mail you a postcard with your name on it alongside every other person that joins in this effort… and sign every single one of them. To me, this is a minuscule gesture in comparison to what your donation will end up providing. But if it means we can all generate more help and attention to where it is so desperately needed, then it’s the least I can do. Every little thing counts in times like this.
As some of you may know, the Philippines is where a large majority of my family is from. My mother was born & raised there, and as a result I have always been proud of my Filipino heritage, as well as lucky enough to feel the tremendous support of the Filipino community throughout my life as an artist. I thank everyone who has voiced their concern for my family that live there, and I return the same sentiment to those of you who have the same situation.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you can pass this on to as many people as you can via twitter, facebook, tumblr, or whatever you feel has the most reach.
People are in need now. Please donate and send us your info byMonday November 18th.
With love & gratitude,