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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Fred Rogers

Good morning, world. This is Good News Monday with Gill Andrews.

On November 8th, Typhoon Hayian hit the Philippines. Thousands have been reported dead, thousands are still missing. The damages are tremendous. The devastation is unprecedented. The news reports are flooded with pictures of destruction and stories of the victims. Our hearts go out to them. And it is in times like these when it becomes so clearly visible what our hearts are truly worth of.

Along with the usual organizations, private companies volunteer to help. Deutsche Lufthansa flies 25 tonnes of relief supplies to Manila. But behind every company there are individuals who make things happen.

“The emergency initiative was prompted by Lufthansa Captain Frank Uhdris, who spontaneously urged that the belly capacity of the long-haul Airbus bound for Manila be made available free in face of the catastrophe.”

The tourists stranded on Coron island offer to pack the relief supplies instead of simply waiting for their flights. Another tourist stranded on Borocay island, where internet and phones are currently down, lists the names of people whose family and friends are looking for them on his blog. With this effort, he brought their loved ones back to 17 families already.

“If you haven’t heard from your friends or family, please assume all is well and they are enjoying their time on the island, just unable to communicate because of the power outages. I understand people get scared and concerned, but there were NO reported injuries or deaths.”

And in the middle of the destruction and chaos, among thousands of dead and injured, a new life gives hope.

Emily Ortega, a 21 year old women, gave birth to a healthy girl in Tacloban. She had to swim and cling to a post to survive before she made it under the safe roof of the airport. The baby girl was named after Emily’s mother, who went missing in the storm Friday.

“The birth gave residents and military medics who assisted in the airport delivery a much needed smile in a city where officials estimate thousands are dead.”

For every scary thing happening in life there are always helpers. Look for helpers, and if you can, become a helper yourself.

To help Typhoon Haiyan survivors with a donation, visit one of the links on this CNN page.

This was the Good News Monday on True Stories with Gill Andrews. Thanks for staying with me and have a great week everybody.

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