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World Kindness Day: See how people around the country are helping the victims of Typhoon Ulysses

By Camille Santiago Published Nov 13, 2020 9:01 am

Have you been kind to someone today?

November 13 is World Kindness Day and people across the globe are celebrating the holiday to promote the importance of kindness—a day to remind us to do good deeds and show acts of kindness.

With what's going on the world lately—the coronavirus pandemic killing thousands, Typhoon Ulysses displacing thousands of residents in the Philippines, and political conflicts here and there—people do need a dose of kindness.

Today, however, is one to remember. Two days after Typhoon Ulysses caused severe damages and heavy flooding to the country, people are little by little trying to recover from the nightmare. Donation drives are being held, individuals are volunteering to clean up the flooded areas, some are offering shelter, and some are giving away free food—a true living embodiment of kindness, we must say.

And so to celebrate the holiday, here are a few simple acts of kindness people showed today.

Chef Myke Tatung opened his kitchen to prepare hot meals for Marikina residents. As soon as the public heard about it, donations started coming in to help supply his needs. Today, he was able to feed 154 families and is asking for volunteers for tomorrow November 14 to help make 1,000 meals.

Cardiac Delights and Bok Bok Inasal made free lugaw or porridge and chicken for those who are affected by the typhoon. "Para kahit na sa maliit na bagay makatulong kami," they wrote.

The team behind Gourmey Gypsy Art Cafe in Maginhawa, Quezon City also prepared meals for Marikina evacuees. The team said they are still accepting donations.

Le Sucre Lab, which is popular for their delectable desserts, also took a break from work to prepare food for those affected by the storm.

"We are dedicating this day to cook for our brothers and sisters who are affected by Typhoon Ulysses," the group said.

SM malls in Luzon continue to provide relief support and temporary shelter to stranded individuals and other nearby residents affected by the typhoon. Free WiFi, face masks, face shields, charging stations, and help desks are available to all. “We have prepared ahead of Typhoon Ulysses to ensure the safety of the communities we serve. Our malls in Luzon will be open to those who need shelter and we will also be providing immediate relief assistance to affected residents,” said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan.