Most of the Maitland-Smith artisan-crafted home furnishings are made in our own facility in Cebu, Philippines. As you know, the Philippines recently suffered tremendous devastation from the Typhoon Yolanda. Thankfully, the Typhoon did not cause much damage to the plant and the city of Cebu, so the people and the plant are, for the most part, safe and secure. Sadly, there are thousands who have lost loved ones, homes have been destroyed, and there is no food or clean water.
Although there may be others, we know of one of our Maitland-Smith employees in Cebu who worked with a local group to distribute water and food to those affected in other parts of the island.
Here is what she had to say:
Last Sunday, we were able to distribute food and water in Bogo, Cebu and Medellin, Cebu, concentrating on the remote barangays which are kilometers away from the highway.
Our group was able to distribute food and water to 1,150 households. At the same time, we also held a feeding program for the children.
We actually took a look at Dayhagon. It is wonderful to see the people there receiving relief goods already from other private groups. They’re much easier to reach being nearer the highway, so we just moved on.
Here are photos taken as they arrived and handed out supplies:
It is amazing that so often tragedies bring out the best in people, who join hands to reach out to those affected. That has been the case in the Philippines.
Tremendous thanks go out to all those who are helping to meet the needs, and who encourage the people in the aftermath of this terrible storm.
Our parent company, Furniture Brands, will be donating funds to help in the Philippines, as well as our licensee, Celerie Kemble, who will donate royalties from sales of her products for Henredon and Maitland-Smith. The human spirit is indomitable. It is wonderful to see the smiling faces.
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