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My Turn: Outpouring of relief efforts in the Philippines

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The devastation in the Philippines after the typhoon is unthinkable.  Thousands are dead and entire communities wiped out.

But, it is heartening to see the massive, worldwide relief effort taking place for one of our more remote neighbors. 

No relief effort ever goes perfectly, and there were pockets of struggles and much rebuilding to be done. 

But we have to appreciate that tens of thousands of pounds of food, water, medical and shelter items have been delivered to the hardest hit areas of this country.  An estimated $37 million came from the U.S. and other countries are stepping up big as well. 

What's even more amazing is the polls are showing many Americans have not been engaged by the relief efforts.  A Pew poll last week showed less than a third of Americans are paying attention to the recovery there, while even less than that, only about 14%, had donated to the cause.

We've seen our share of relief efforts go poorly.  But not so much this time.  When I saw "thank-you" signs sprinkled in during the survivors march in Tacloban this week, even I felt a sense of relief. 

And with Thanksgiving coming up, it's time we all count our blessings and pledge to continue to help those who need our help the most.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on segment, or anything else, email me at

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