Thursday, November 21, 2013

Supertyphoon Haiyan and how you can help -- and win some great prizes while you're doing it!

Bloggers Unite: A Fundraising Giveaway Event

Organized and hosted by:

Co-hosted by:

As if a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October wasn’t enough, the central region of the Philippines was hit by another disaster, a 295 kph typhoon on November 8, 2013. Supertyphoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, smashed the central part of the Philippines and left hundreds of millions of destroyed of properties, death toll at around 4000, and over 650,000 displaced survivors desperate for food and shelter among others.

Personally, I haven't been able to shake the images. I think about these people day and night. Sometimes, when doing the simplest of tasks, they come to mind. Times like when I'm going to the bathroom and realize for many of my brothers and sisters in the Philippines, there are no bathrooms. I reach to pull the covers up on the bed and think, There are no covers... there are no beds. I take it further and think, There are no rooms to put beds in. Quite honestly, it's been difficult to not become extremely depressed by it all. 650,000 without homes. 650,000!!! Unfathomable.

As bloggers, we thought we could help these people by throwing this huge fundraising giveaway -- a way we are all very familiar with. We have already raised $515 from this event and are continuing to receive more donations through There will be a turnover of funds to  legitimate organizations that buy, repack, and hand out relief goods directly to the victims. You can visit one of the host blogs for updates on the fund transfer in about a week or two.

If you wish to donate, you may do so by clicking this link.

Seven (7) winners will receive any of the prizes below worth over $700 in total! Special thanks to the amazing sponsors of this event: Newman’s Own Organics, Staples Canada, Guylian Chocolates, SmartSilk, Aroma Delights, FragranceNet, UNILAB Philippines, Oloves, and all participating bloggers. 

Foodie Prize Pack (Open to US)
  • $75 worth of organic snacks from Newman’s Own Organics
  • A package from Guylian Chocolates
  • 30 mixed bags of Oloves snacks
Home Improvement Prize Pack (Open to US)
  • Two standard size pillows from SmartSilk
  • Oil Warmer package from Aroma Delights
Fashion & Beauty Prize Pack (Open to US)
  • $50 FragranceNet Gift Certificate
  • $50 Romwe voucher
$100 Paypal Cash (Open Worldwide) $50 Amazon Gift Card (Open Worldwide) Apple TV (Open to Canada) 1500php worth of products from UNILAB Philippines (Open to the Philippines)   

This giveaway is open Worldwide (see which prize above could be sent to your location), 18+, void where prohibited by law. It will run from November 21st at 12:01am EST to December 5th at 11:59pm EST. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.   

Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for this post. The prizes will be fulfilled and shipped to the winners by the sponsors. For questions regarding this giveaway, you may contact Life’s Cheap Thrills.


  1. My husband does most of the grocery shopping even though he works 10 hour days, just so I won't have to shop with our kids.

    1. Very sweet, Jessica. Gotta love husbands like that! :)


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