Saving the World, One Click at a Time

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Armon Mobasher

A student at Bob Jones High School donates, through iTunes, to the American Red Cross for the Philippines disaster relief effort.

Armon Mobasher, Writer, Photograher

What would you do if you were in a state of emergency? Would you go somewhere with your family? Would you run away from the emergency?

Right now, there are people who feel like they are in states of emergency, even here in the United States.

The recent event in the Philippines and the Mid-West of the U.S. has left people homeless, scared, and alone. They need help from others, like the people in our community, to help them. Sure, there are the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Salvation Army, but are they enough?

Jordan Cozby, a sophomore at Bob Jones, stated, “Students should volunteer to help the victims of a natural disaster, and if it is not nearby, they can start fundraisers, as do many student organizations.”

Though not everyone can donate their time to volunteer, there are still other ways that the community can make a difference for these victims.

There are places where you can go donate. For example, you can donate money through various websites such as iTunes and Twitter.

Ernesto Rodriquez, a senior at Bob Jones, explains, “It was very rewarding to donate to the Philippines’ disaster relief. I knew that I was going to be helping a lot of people by doing this.”

Fran Torabian, a mother and a community member, explains, “I hate to see what these people are going through, and as a mother, I would know that I would never want that to happen to my children.”

According to CBC News, as of November 18, 2013, 3900 people have died and almost 2 million people are homeless in the Philippines.

According to the Huffington Post, “At least seven people were killed, dozens of others injured, and hundreds of people have been left without homes…”

These are people who need help. They need our help.

There are numerous ways to give our time and our financial support. We truly can save lives one click at a time.