Appeal Letter from Fr. Ben
OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH
2565 Bathurst St. Toronto ON
Phone: 416-7874547 Fax: 416-7874548
September 29, 2009
Re: Appeal for Help for Victims of Disaster in Central Philippines
Caused by Typhoon Ondoy
To all Filipinos, our Canadian Friends, concerned fellowmen and women:
I am writing on behalf of almost two million victims of a major disaster that happened in Central Philippines. As of this writing, there are close to 400,000 persons in evacuation centers and 200,000 more looking for shelters, 246 confirmed dead. We have seen on TV and read on the news heart-rending stories of families losing their homes and relatives grieving for the loss of their love ones.
It is during tragedies and emergency situations like this that we as human beings regardless of race, color and affiliations are tested in our genuine concern for humanity in general. We as loving and caring people are able to transcend from our own needs to reach out to those who need more.
Hence, I appeal to your kind hearts to help the victims either food items or cash donation. You can drop off your donations in kind like non perishable food, blankets, clothes, sleeping mats in three different drop-off locations. There is one in the west, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 4070 Central Parkway East, Mississauga, in the central region, Our Lady of Assumption Church at 2565 Bathurst St., Toronto, in the East at St. Barnabas Church, 10 Washburn Way, Scarborough, On.
I am grateful to the AFCM Temporalities Ministry chaired by Rosemer Enverga with her husband Tobias, which spearheaded the campaign. We are also closely coordinating with the Archdiocese of Toronto through ShareLife which has also released communication to all parishes through the Pastors to receive cash donations payable to Sharelife and which will be sent directly to Caritas International, Manila. Cash donations are tax deductible.
May God continue to empower us to be God’s instruments of His mercy and compassion. Our profound gratitude goes to all who have already donated and to our future donors. Let us continue to pray for all the victims.
Sincerely in the Merciful Saviour,
Rev. Ben P. Ebcas, Jr
Pastor, Our Lady of Assumption Church/Director of the Filipino Catholic Mission
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Fr. Bienvenido P. Ebcas, Jr
Pastor/Director of the Filipino Catholic Community
Archdiocese of Toronto