Recently, on February 13th, David Beckham took a trip to Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas of the country. Sporting a UNICEF t-shirt, he greeted hundreds of survivors who rushed out of tents to greet the retired soccer star.
Now, this isn’t the first time he’s visited the Philippines. During his first visit three years ago, he and his wife Victoria visited a children’s shelter, and donated clothing as a fundraiser for typhoon victims.
Though the typhoon that devastated lives struck in November of last year, millions of people remain displaced. They lost their homes and livelihoods in the deadliest typhoon to ever hit the Philippines, and more than 6,200 people are reported to have been killed.
“I was humbled to visit Tacloban and see how people are still so full of spirit despite the devastation they have suffered,” he said, after visiting with children in a makeshift-classroom. Beckham spent time with various families in Tacloban, interacting with the children, and even helping them make Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones.
“I want to show people around the world how their generous donations have had an enormous impact on children and their families and how thankful people here are for their kindness.”