The University of St. La Salle shipped four crates of relief goods to residents of Iligan City, which was battered by Typhoon Sendong along with Cagadan de Oro City.
The initial shipment was sent via Negros Navigation, which offered to transport the goods free of charge, to La Salle Academy, whose students, faculty and staff were badly affected by the floods caused the typhoon.
The shipment included about 190 boxes of clothes, 80 boxes of assorted food items and bottled water, 20 boxes of medicines and two pallets of medical supplies, 71 pieces of mats and other goods.
The items were donated by members of the City of Bacolod and Lasallian communities under the Bulig Mindanao campaign launched by the University through the Center for External Relations.
CER Director Rhoderick Samonte said the campaign, which was started Dec. 19, also netted more than P210,000 in cash.
Donations came from various sectors of the Negrense community, among them, civic organizations, business establishments, families, individuals and even mall shoppers.
The donations were received, sorted and repacked by a team of volunteers from the USLS community, including officers of the college and Integrated School students governments who campaigned for donations from the holiday crowd at Robinsons Place.
The drive, originally planned until Dec. 24, will be extended up to Dec. 30 and will resume early January to provide an opportunity for students and faculty who are out-of-town during the holiday to also do their share for the victims of the Mindanao calamity, Director Samonte further said.
The University has set up a drop-in center, which accept donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.