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On my way to my brother's house on Christmas Day, I checked my phone, and found an email from MyEC's video mod Robbie! As many of you know, Robbie lives in the Philippines. None of us had heard from him since early November when Typhoon Yolanda hit his country. We sent messages and worried and prayed. We also worried about Lynne, another active member of MyEC who has been with us since the very beginning. I cried tears of joy to receive the news on Christmas Day that Robbie was okay. The next day, I received a message from Lynne, saying that she too was safe!
Here in Canada, we experienced an ice storm a few days before Christmas. Hundreds of thousands of people were out of power for up to three days. People worried that they wouldn't be able to cook a turkey on Christmas Day or finish their Christmas shopping. We complained that it took us a few hours to get our car doors open. When I heard that Robbie had been out of power for weeks and weeks and that he had been spending the last month repairing his home and sorting through damaged possessions, that really put life into perspective for me. We are so fortunate here in Canada, and I am very thankful for everything we have, including food, water, heat, electricity, Internet, furniture, and a roof over our heads.
Our friends in the Philippines have been through some very difficult times. Please take a moment to leave a message for Robbie and Lynne and any other members you may know from the devastated areas. In Robbie's note, he mentioned that he had just received power and was able to send us a message, but it could still be a while before his Internet connection and electricity are fully restored.
I'd also like to say a special thank you to Grace and Junko who have been looking after Robbie's duties as video mod for the past few weeks. Robbie said that he plans to come back to MyEC when he can, but for now, he must concentrate on rebuilding. We'll be right here waiting for you!
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