In such a media saturated environment, what was momentarily a huge story is quickly replaced with smaller, insignificant news. One could get whiplash following Twitter, reading Facebook, or logging onto any news organization site to read every detail. These stories teach us a lesson in geography and religion; despite being halfway around the world, we are all connected. News bytes have us believing we know everything there is to know about a culture, the region and its people. As quickly as they come in, they fade away.
The same is true with the tragedy in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan took as many as 10,000 lives in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools. Even in a nation regularly beset by earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms, this occurrence appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.
A group of Filipinos living in Charlotte, North Carolina remain vigilant in helping to restore their homeland. They organized a Badminton and Table Tennis tournament to raise money to support the Philippines during this time of crisis. “We Filipinos here in Charlotte . . . . wanted to bring a little help to our Kababayans” said Anne Maturan. 
T shirts can seem frivolous, but they are also symbols of communal support. Sometimes they are the only way for a well-meaning group of supporters to help from thousands of miles away. They can commemorate a tragedy or in this case, how a people overcame adversity. Custom T shirts can start conversations that can lead to education and understanding. A simple statement of nais naming makatulong, or “we want to help” is all it takes.
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