TACLOBAN CITY – Perhaps, there are no other people, who could understand better what the victims of typhoon Ulysses in Luzon went through than those who survived the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda seven years ago.

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This handout aerial photo taken and received on November 14, 2020, from the Philippine Coast Guard shows residents sheltering on the roof of their flooded house in Cagayan province, north of Manila, on November 14, 2020, days after Typhoon Vamco hit parts of the country bringing heavy rain and flooding. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coast Guard / AFP)

Individuals, government and non-government organizations have decluttered their closets, spared some amount, and raised funds by bartering plants and selling coffee to help the victims of typhoon Ulysses that whipped up catastrophic damage in parts of Luzon and the National Capital Region on November 11 and 12.

Villaconzoilo Healing and Wellness Farm in Jaro, Leyte, is selling succulents, the proceeds of which will be donated to the victims of the typhoon. The donation will be made in collaboration with the 4-H Club in Eastern Visayas.

Local Kape-To-Go, seller of locally sourced coffee, is also donating 100 percent of its sales for the “EV-One: Eastern Visayas As One” Relief Response Project.

A group of local tattoo artists has also initiated a tattoo-for-a-cause event. The project, initiated by JuanLove Project and Yan Sev of Xdeyn Tattoo, in partnership with Among Us Relief Initiatives, is also accepting in-kind donations.

The group, comprised of 20 non-profit organizations, believes that collective efforts will be fundamental to meeting the survivors’ basic needs, such as medical assistance, food, and shelter, and help families rebuild their lives and communities, having experienced Yolanda’s wrath in 2013.

Drop-off points were established in key cities and municipalities from the six provinces in Region 8.

The collaborative youth-led relief response is a project by PALOve As One Project, EV Bulig, Archdiocese of Palo-Social Action Commission, Volunteer for the Visayans, Voice of Hope, Sprouts PH, Tabang Tikang LEYTE, Rotaract Club Of Kandaya Tacloban-Community Based, NESAPh Valeriano Ibañez Abello Chapter, Rotaract Club of Tacloban, Bulig 20.20, Project Batang Hilongosnon, Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants – EVSU Chapter, MKC Cares, Child Museum and Library Inc.-Junior Council Regional Executive Board Visayas 2017, and Kamay ni Maria.

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