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November 10, 2013

Pray, then give...

It's times like these you learn to live again.
It's times like these you give and give again.
It's times like these you learn to love again.
It's times like these time and time again.

From It's Time's Like These ~Foo Fighters

17% (24,976) of San Diego County's Filipino population (146,618) live in the service area zip codes (92102, 92113, 92114, and 92139) of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. I have long admired the amazing affinity for friends and their family ancestry back home in the Philippines, making the staggering reports that over 10,000 may have lost their lives in the city of Tacloban alone surreal after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday.



My wife is back home in Detroit attending her elementary school reunion. On Saturday, the headline story in the Detroit news included this opener, "In a week the city elected a new mayor and the state’s governor appeared on national TV news shows touting its revival, residents were dealing with the stark realities of crime in the city — nine dead in seven days."



The San Diego Police Foundation Gold Seal Gala was held on Nov. 9 at the Fairbanks Country Club. Funds raised at the event supports the Foundation’s programs to purchase equipment, training and outreach programs for San Diego Police Officers not covered by their budget. Before the fundraising began, Chief William Lansdowne reminded all in attendance about how just moments before he was fatally wounded in an unprovoked attack on August 6, 2011, a San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood performed one last act of kindness; he bought a child food while buying his own dinner.



Tonight, families surviving violent loss gathered at the Jo & Vi Jacobs Center Celebration Hall to celebrate their loved ones at the Annual Fall Compassion Dinner. While relief efforts ramp up to support the State of Calamity in the Philippines, I could not help but being reminded how anyone surviving the violent loss of a loved one most likely feels like a typhoon had just tore through their lives. Tonight I heard several publicly and others privately talk about how much they appreciate the prayers and the gifts of time, treasure, and talent from so many through their grief and loss.



I thank God for all that are spending their heaven doing good on earth serving others during their very critical time of need. Pray, then give to all surviving typhoons in their lives.

Go here to give to Help people affected by the Pacific typhoon.

Go here to give to the San Diego Police Foundation.

Go here to give to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA to support families surviving violent loss. Type in COMPASSION in the comments box.

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