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SEPTEMBER 2017


Yard sale, Sept. 8-9, in Skokie to benefit Marawi War refugees



No less than $3000 was raised on a 3-day yard sale initiated by the Gawad Kalinga advocates and volunteers from the Couples for Christ. The amount will provide 20,000 meals for the Marawi City residents displaced by the war against ISIS. An estimated half million refugees are housed in temporary shelters. Photo shows the wife of the PH Consul General, Atty. Gloria Calonge(4th from right) in Chicago paying for the items she bought Aug. 12 at the PINOY lawn in Skokie. The project received wide support from the community.

 

Generous donations were also given for the feeding project of the Gawad Kalinga by other individuals. Cindy Flores (pictured) hands her check to Jun de Guia while project chair Anong (L) watches. Checks were also mailed from former Chicago residents Ruby Dahan of Orlando Florida, Frank de Leon from Cape Coral, Florida.

The proceeds from a yard sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, 9 am-5 pm, at 8201 Crawford Ave. in Skokie will go to the feeding program of Gawad Kalinga (GK) which is currently involved in the feeding of Marawi City residents displaced by the on-going war of the Philippine military against Isis terrorists and Maute rebels in this southern city in the Philippines.

Nearly a half million war refugees are lodged in temporary shelters in neighboring Mindanao cities--city officials of which sounded the distress call for assistance to feed and to meet the basic needs of displaced Marawi residents.

Gawad Kalinga volunteers have responded to the needs but they have called for immediate assistance for them to effectively help the refugees. The first yard sale generated no less than $3000, enough to provide 20,000 meals. Donations poured in.

Chicago area GK officials are calling for donors and volunteers for the fundraising event. Gently used household items, small appliances and furniture, bric-a-bracs, DVDs, CDs, books, and tools are welcome. Volunteers emphasized that items should be in working condition and clothings, footwears must be clean.

Gawad Kalinga has built no fewer than 300,000 houses for the marginalized Filipinos and provides relief goods during natural disasters and conflicts. It has also successfully launched environment-friendly livelihood projects for the poor.

Drop off your donation at 8201 Crawford Ave. in Skokie no later than September 6. GK is a 501-c3, non-profit organization. Receipts will be provided upon request. To volunteer and for details, call GK president Jun de Guia, 847-848-2300, Anong Santos, 847-528-4991, or Pita Rina, 630-904-4617.

 

 

 

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