Help the Philippines.

As some of y'all know, the members of Be The Straw are of Filipino descent. Thus, the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan, and other natural disasters affects us in a particular way.

We ask that you join us in prayer either in your own way or by praying the following prayer provided by CRS:
God, who quiets great winds and stills rough seas
We ask your protection for the people of the Philippines.
Comfort them in their fear.
Stay close to them in their danger.
And we ask the intercession of Your Blessed Mother
That together with her and with all your holy saints
We may stand in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters
     through their darkest hour
     through their longest night.
Give us the courage to remain steadfast
To reach out to them in their need
To comfort them in their sorrow
To hold them as closely as You hold them
To see them through to morning.
Also, you might be interested in this prayer of the faithful:
For the people of the Philippines and all affected by Typhoon Haiyan. For their protection and their comfort, and that we may stand with them in their time of trouble, we pray to the Lord.
Maybe you can convince your parish priest to use it sometime (daily mass or even Sunday mass) or maybe you can pray the prayer/intention as a youth group or classroom

If you can donate, and you want to help the efforts of those who are already on the ground in the Philippines helping those who need it, we suggest donating through CRS. 93% of money received by CRS will go directly back to people and programs that help people. That's only a 7% overhead cost - and that means that more of your money is actually going to help people. What can your money do?
  • $8 provides a water kit for a family. This includes 1 jerry can, 1 pail and aqua tabs for water purification.
  • $15 provides an emergency shelter kit. This includes tarps and nails that are combined with local materials to create emergency shelter.
  • $22 provides household living supplies. This includes sleeping mats, three blanket, utensils, plastics, glasses, and a cooking pot.
  • $28 provides hygiene kits. This includes a two-month family supply of soap, laundry detergent, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine sanitary napkins, and towels.
People helping people. Family helping family. It's been the Christian way for a long, long time, brethren. (cf. Matthew 35:35-36)