Everyday one hears of umpteen tragic stories of this horrible calamity. It's so heartbreaking to wake up and turn on NPR and hear of more. And, it will continue, the stories, for years, decades to come. My heart goes out to all the people and their loved ones who have suffered through and continue to do so.... Thank you for posting this Bixa. It certainly deserves a space on here.
The city of Paris and also France Télévisions have started major operations to collect as much money as possible (for distances like that, food and clothing are not worth collecting halfway around the world). And of course the Filipino community of Paris has also started collecting money through their churches and sporting clubs. One of the Filipinas of Paris who moved here more than 30 years ago was on the radio and she said that she felt lucky because her family's house is still standing and even still has a roof, but the entire kitchen was ripped off the building and the back side is open to the elements. She said that her main urge was to rush back there to her 88 year old mother, but she was refraining from doing to at least until Christmas and will collect money for the Philippines until then.