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By Lauren Bauer
Andrea Salid received two LWR Quilts and a Personal Care Kit at a distribution for families affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.
“Salamat,” she said again and again with a soft smile. Having spent a few days in the Philippines, by now I knew that she was saying, “thank you.”
Andrea Salid, a 74-year-old mother of seven, had just received two LWR Quilts and a Personal Care Kit at the distribution near her home in the municipality of Monkayo in the southern Philippines. I had the incredible opportunity to experience and assist with the distribution earlier this year for families affected by Typhoon Bopha.
Andrea’s home was severely damaged when the powerful typhoon swept through her barangay (village) in December 2012. She told me how the fierce wind blew the roof completely off of her house and destroyed most of her belongings. She said she felt blessed to have survived.
There were more than 800 people gathered at the distribution at a local elementary school and many of their stories were like Andrea’s. Typhoon Bopha had either destroyed or badly damaged their homes and they had lost basic necessities like towels and bedding.
Most families arrived at the distribution early that morning. The elderly and disabled were served first, followed by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and families that had lost their homes in the typhoon. Each recipient was given a light-weight sack, large enough for two Quilts.
Throughout the day, I met many more mothers, fathers and families as they waited in line and after they received their Quilts and Kits. Each encounter left me feeling more humbled.
Like my encounter with Geraldine Visagas, who was three months pregnant with her fifth child. She told me that the Baby Care Kit and Personal Care Kit she received were especially valuable to her because she can keep herself and her children healthy.
The entire distribution took less than two hours, but what I saw will stay with me for a lifetime. I’ll never forget Andrea in particular, whose only dissatisfaction that day was with the language barrier that prevented her from fully expressing her gratitude.
As she admired her Quilts, she said “thank you” again. I touched her arm and smiled. Her face brightened and she gently touched my face as she once again said thank you. She told me that she would use her Quilts to cover herself at night.
Andrea Salid stands near the front of the line. More than 800 families received Quilts and Kits at the distribution for families affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines. The entire distribution took less than two hours.
I pass these thanks —from Andrea and from many others at the distribution — on to you because it is through the generosity of people like you that they can find comfort in their time of suffering. Please know that the gifts of your hearts and hands send powerful messages of love to them.
Thank you for reaching out as Christ’s hands in the world by making and donating LWR Quilts and Kits. For those of you who have never quilted before, now is a great time to start! We’re on a mission to send 500,000 Quilts around the world through the 2013 LWR Quilt Campaign! Visit lwr.org/quiltcampaign to join us.
On behalf of Andrea, the people of the Philippines, our partners and especially from me, I’d like to say: Salamat! Thank you! Your support makes a difference!
Lauren Bauer is LWR’s Creative Services Project Manager.