Shoichi, 6, gives up savings for Haiyan victims
MANILA, Philippines - While some people would think twice or scrimp when it comes to donating to those in need, a pre-schooler from Japan did not even hesitate to give the contents of his piggy bank to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Six-year-old Shoichi Kondoh was accompanied by his mother Miho when he recently visited the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo to hand over his donation of JPY 5,000 (Php2,173).
A statement from the embassy said the money came from Shoichi's childhood savings. The child chose to donate his money after seeing in the news what happened to Filipinos in Tacloban and other parts of the Visayas that was ravaged by the typhoon and storm surge.
Consul Bryan Dexter Lao of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo accepted Shoichi's donation and thanked the boy for his generosity.
Thousands of lives were taken by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) after it pummeled several provinces in the Visasyas. Aside from personal donations, relief goods, cash donations, and assistance have also been pouring in from the international community.
The United Nations has also appealed to the international community that it needs US$301 million to help rehabilitate the areas that were affected by the typhoon.
Relief drives within the Philippines and all over the world are also going on, proving that when it comes to helping people in need, race, distance, and differences should never really matter. - Rappler.com