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Bulletin: Operation USA Partners with for Typhoon Recovery

By • Apr 15th, 2014

Charitable shopping site pledges more than $10,000 in funding for education related projects in the Philippines

Los Angeles, Calif., April 15, 2014– Operation USA, a Los-Angeles based international relief agency, today announced that is will receive funds from partner company in sponsorship of the purchase of educational supplies in the Philippines as part of the organization’s typhoon recovery programs.

In February, thousands of users supported Operation USA’s work in the Philippines through a Cause of the Month campaign in which stories of the struggle and need that followed the typhoon were shared with the community. By shopping at online stores such as Target, Best Buy, Travelocity and thousands of other merchants, users generated $10,016.22 in funds to be donated to Operation USA.

“We’re blown away, proud, and excited,” said Dylan Nord, Partner Relations at “We want to thank Operation USA for giving and its users the opportunity to be a part of this program.”

After Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, slammed into the Eastern Visayas and Eastern Samar regions of the Philippines in November 2013, Operation USA identified recovery needs in the coastal municipality of Guiuan. Much like Tacloban, its more urbanized neighbor to the North, Guiuan was leveled by Haiyan’s strong winds and equally destructive storm surge. Virtually every person, every family, every house and every building in the area was impacted. To date, OpUSA has sent sea shipments of much needed relief and recovery supplies. Now, as the emergency phase is waning, OpUSA is embarking on a multi-phased rebuilding project that will include a public school and a playground.

Funds generated by the community will be used to provide educational materials and/or other supplies to be determined as part of Operation USA’s rebuilding efforts.

About Operation USA
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity. Learn more at

About empowers users to turn shopping, booking travel, and doing taxes online into a means to donate to a favorite organization. Launched in 2008, consists of a team of internet marketers and technologists who believe one can succeed while doing good for others. Partners Kevin Lee and Dave Pasternack are successful “serial entrepreneurs”, and the founders of the leading Search Engine Marketing (SEM) agency Didit – part of the 2007 Inc 500 fastest-growing privately held companies (#137) and Deloitte’s Fast 500 (#12). provides Dave and Kevin an opportunity to support organizations that improve our communities.

Press Contact:
Mary Dolan
Director, Social Media & Media Outreach Programs
Operation USA