Closet Cleaning With Meaning

Helping the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Dear Friends,

Typhoon Yolanda affected a total of 9.5 million people across the Philippines --killing at least 10,000 and displacing at least 600,000 -- when it slammed into the country on Friday, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In order to help the remaining survivors, a group of Filipinos living in the St. Louis area- which includes my parents, Ric and Grace Farinas- have started collecting items which will provide basic necessities to those individuals in need. They have already established contacts for getting items shipped to the Philippines and volunteers to handle the distribution of donated items.

Here's a convenient way to get rid of unwanted household items and helping a good cause at the same time. A complete list of acceptable donations is provided below. Non-tax deductible donations are also accepted to help offset the cost of shipping.

Feel free spread the word by telling your friends and family of our efforts. Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Blessings and Gratitude,
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Acceptable Donations

  • New or gently used, clean lightweight spring and summer clothing for men, women, and children of all ages and sizes. Only everyday wear, casual and sportswear type clothing, as well as, jeans and lightweight long shirts. No “dressy” attire or clothing unsuitable for tropical weather.
  • New or gently used footwear in good condition: everyday wear, athletic, or sandals for all ages and sizes. No “dressy” shoes or high heels.

  • New undergarments (socks, underwear, etc.) for all ages and sizes.

  • New or used bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths.
  • New or used lightweight bed linens and pillowcases.
  • Toiletries: Deodorant, bars of soap, wet wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine pads (no tampons) as well as, travel/hotel/sample size personal hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, etc.
  • Any pre-cooked canned meat. Filipinos love Vienna sausages and canned ham (that’s right, Spam!).
  • Medical supplies (Contact me with items you can donate.)

Drop off Information

Place items in plastic trash bags and deliver to any of the following locations:

In Missouri: Donations accepted through Nov 23
1561 Parsons Bend Court, O'Fallon, MO 63366 (You can leave items on my front porch if no one is home.)

In Illinois: Donations accepted through November 30
221 Hall Point, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 (This is my parents home. Contact me if you will be dropping off items at this location so I can let them know.)

About My Family

Many of you have asked if I have family in the Philippines and how they are fairing. The typhoon's destruction swept through the central part of the country sweeping away entire coastal villages. Fortunately, my relatives live in the northern and southern Provinces of the country, which did not receive destruction at devastating proportions. Going on news reports that those regions were unaffected by the storm, we are left to believe that our relatives are safe and sound until we are able to establish contact with them. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we wait to hear from them.


Call/text/email me if you have any questions about the donation drive.
Michelle McAllister
phone: (636) 578-3981