For your interest and consideration, here’s a great list of some of the agencies who are working to bring aid to the people most affected in the Philippines. A small donation would make a perfect Christmas gift….

The Philippine Red Cross is deploying rescue teams to affected areas of the country. The British Red Cross and the Australian Red Crosshave also launched appeals.

Unicef is asking for funds to help children in urgent need of access to safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment.

The UN’s World Food Programme is providing emergency food assistance to families and children.

Oxfam is raising funds to deploy water and sanitation materials to those affected.

ShelterBox is working to assist families affected by the typhoon.

Care is delivering food, water, shelter and other essentials to the survivors.

Save the Children has launched a typhoon Haiyan children’s relief fund to support their responses to urgent needs.

Christian Aid has deployed three rapid response teams to affected areas in Samar, Leyte and Panay to assess the needs of communities. It is working with local partners to provide food, shelter repair materials and hygiene kits.

ChildFund Australia is calling for donations to help provide emergency relief items and safe spaces for children.

Plan UK is providing shelters, hygiene kits and school equipment to families affected by the typhoon.

Australia for UNHCR has launched an appeal to help deliver emergency tents, plastic sheeting, kitchen sets, blankets, solar lanterns, and other essential relief items.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has sent an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10m appeal in order to implement the most appropriate response.

The World Food Programme plans to fly food, logistics and communications equipment to Cebu airport, which will become a hub for airlift through government partners to Tacloban.

Logistics equipment including mobile storage units, pre-fabricated offices and generators, is being sent from the UN humanitarian response depot (UNHRD) in Malaysia to set up operational hubs at Tacloban and Cebu airports. Some 300kg of IT equipment including digital radios are being sent from UNHRD in Dubai. The WFP is drawing upon $2m to buy high-energy biscuits and rice, but will be appealing for more funds as the needs become clearer.

HelpAge is working with the coalition of services of the elderly (COSE), to send staff to affected areas. It is developing a relief plan to meet older people’s most urgent needs.

ActionAid has put a local assessment team on standby in Vietnam.

MSF’s emergency teams arrived in the Philippines on Saturday. Four cargo planes carrying 329 tonnes of medical and relief items will arrive in the coming days, flying out of Dubai and Ostende.

UNHCR, the UN agency for refugees, plans an emergency airlift of tents, plastic sheets, blankets, mats, water containers and cooking utensils for 16,000 families. UNHCR will also distribute 50,000 solar lanterns.

Anglican Overseas Aid is swinging into action to bring urgent aid to people