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Update 11/17: added to list of supplies for donation
Update 11/21: added FAQs

As you all are aware typhoon Haiyan has devastated parts of the Philippines. We are praying for the relief efforts and are taking action.  We invite those who would like to participate to join us in providing relief for the survivors. The Bay Area Christian Church will be participating in a relief effort for the Philippines, and you can participate in any of the following three ways:

Step 1: No Action Required

The BACC has wired cash to the church in Manila to assist with the most urgent and immediate needs. We thank you for your continued support of the BACC, which enables us to go to work during such dire events.

Step 2: Donate Supplies

We’ll be shipping urgently needed supplies.  We will be collecting supplies on Sunday November 24th at all six of our Sunday Service Locations.  These supplies will be boxed and sent November 25th to the Philippines courtesy of LBC Shipping Company.  Those involved in the relief efforts have requested very specific supplies we have listed below, and we would request that those who donate, please restrict your donations to the following specifically requested needs:

  1. Toiletries
  2. Towels
  3. Over the counter Medical Supplies and
  4. Tents
  5. Sleeping bags
  6. Blankets
  7. Sheets
  8. Canned & non-perishable foods
  9. Socks
  10. Shoes
  11. Light jackets (weather is warm, even with storms)
  12. Flashlights
  13. Batteries
  14. Can openers (for those canned goods)
  15. Diapers

The six service locations are the following:

San Mateo County
2525 East Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA
10:30 AM

San Francisco County
San Francisco Scottish Rite Center
2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
10:30 AM

Alameda County
Union City Crown Plaza
32083 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA
10:30 AM

Santa ClaraCounty
De Anza College Hinson Campus Center
2125 Stevens Creek Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA.
10:30 AM

Contra Costa County (South)
Daugherty Valley High School
10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA
10:30 AM

Contra Costa County (North)
Concord Hilton Hotel
1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA.
10:30 AM

Step 3: Financial Donations

Recovery for many will be a long and challenging road and the need for financial assistance will be real and prolonged. At our mid-week services taking place on either December 3rd or 4th, we will be taking up our needs contribution and designate all funds collected on those days toward the ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines.

We want to thank you in advance for your help and would ask that you keep the Philippine relief efforts, the victims and those providing relief in your prayers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need to provide my own box for the supplies I want to donate?
No. Boxes will be supplied by the BACC.

How are my supplies being shipped to the Philippines?
Supplies will be sorted and boxed at the BACC Building in Palo Alto on Sunday November 24th, and shipped the following day.

Where should I take my supplies?
You can bring your supplies to any of the 6 BACC services taking place in the Bay Area. Scroll up to earlier in the article for addresses.

Will there be a fee for shipping?
No. The shipping company we are using have offered to ship all our boxes free of charge. Boxes typically cost appx $60/box, so we are grateful for their show of support.

How else can I assist?
We are in need of volunteers to help sort and package the supplies donated on Sunday, November 24th. If you’d like to assist, please come to the BACC Building (2525 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303) at 3p on 11/24 for as long as you can spare!

Can I donate clothes (T-Shirts, hats, accessories, etc)?
No. Those involved in the relief efforts have requested a very specific list of supplies needed that are based on the immediate need in the Philippines. Please scroll up to view the full list earlier in this article.

I have used towels/blankets that I’d like to donate. What kind of condition do they need to be in?
Please ensure that the towels, blankets, sheets and socks are cleaned before donating them.

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Bay Area Christian Church

This was created by a member of the Bay Area Christian Church team.