Maine Mendoza has joined other celebrities in reaching out to those who have been adversely affected by the enhanced community quarantine now in effect in the whole of Luzon for one month.
The 25-year-old actress recently launched a fundraising campaign to aid individuals who won't be able to rely on their normal sources of income during the month-long lockdown period.
"As we all know, we are facing one of the biggest challenges not only in our country but the whole world as well. The COVID-19 virus has been continuously affecting all sorts of people, regardless of their status in the society. We are all required to stay at home, but some people, especially our frontliners, whether be it in the government, food and medical industry have been trying their best to fulfill their duty as our modern heroes on these difficult times. But the world won’t stop despite the peril of the virus. Consider yourself blessed, if despite all, you can purchase food and sanitation supplies (even hoard!) for your homes. But what about those workers who live on a day-to-day basis? Now that they are obliged not to go to work, how can they survive?" she said.
"This leads me to start this drive. I will be launching my DoNation Drive to help in my own little way, those who are greatly affected by this catastrophe. I know how hard it is for these people nowadays to sustain their living so I decided to share as much as I can to them," she added.
Maine said she would be sending P1,000 per household for food groceries and other essentials in order "to help as many employees as possible." Those in need of assistance are advised to present proof of employment, whether it be a "company ID or any other proof that you are currently employed but required not to work until our situation improves," via e-mail.
"Please send it to DoNation.email@example.com. And please do not forget to include your mobile number (where the cash will be sent) as everything will be done via G-cash," she said.
Meanwhile, "those who are willing to help can send [their] donations to this number: 09563890291."
In a Twitter post on Thursday, March 19, Maine shared the link to the fund drive and asked her followers to spread the word.
Hi everyone! Given the difficult situation we are all facing, I thought of starting the DoNation drive today. This is to help the employees who are not allowed to work because of the community lockdown.— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) March 19, 2020
Please take some time to read. :)https://t.co/IqlUgc5vsv
I am overwhelmed with all the emails and notifications from everyone. Today, I have already reached the maximum number of transfers. I will continue again tomorrow. Thank you very much especially to those who donated. 😊 May God bless you a thousand fold!— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) March 19, 2020
Yes yes! For PUV drivers, kahit driver’s license and operator’s permit/TODA ID (yung nakasabit sa harap) then for construction workers selfie lang with helmet char kahit anong pwedeng proof na CW talaga sila! Basta magsend din ng ID. 😊 https://t.co/c21mb05N0t— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) March 19, 2020
Maine also assured that she will personally facilitate all donations, and that she will try her best to accommodate as many people as she can.
"I will also provide proof of transactions to the donors for transparency purposes if they wish. Again, your share, no matter how big or small, will surely go a long way. Let’s DO this!" she said.
"That’s all. Thank you very much and I am looking forward to have another successful project in helping those in need during this difficult time. Let us all pray for a better tomorrow free from all the worries that our nation has today. Keep safe and may God bless us all," she added.
As of Tuesday, March 17, the lockdown has been “enhanced” to cover the whole of Luzon. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 217, with 8 recoveries and 17 fatalities.