Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1 Photo: Darren Criss Smiles at the Do Something Awards on July 31, 2013

Darren Criss is doing everything he can to raise money to help people in the Philippines put their lives back together after the massive typhoon that took the lives of over 3,600 people. And for Darren, this is a cause that’s near and dear to his heart.

Why? Fun fact about Darren: most of his family is from the Philippines; in fact, his mom was born and raised there!

“I have always been proud of my Filipino heritage,” Darren said in a video he made about the cause, “as well as lucky enough to feel the tremendous support of the Filipino community throughout my life as an artist.  I thank everyone who has voiced their concern for my family that live there, and I return the same sentiment to those of you who have the same situation.”

So in order to help people who are struggling because of the destruction left by the typhoon, Darren’s got a special mission for his fans.

Everyone who donates $25 to the World Food Programme will receive a signed, personalized postcard from Darren — if that’s not enough of a reason to donate (besides, you know, the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help people who seriously need your help) we don’t know what is!

“To me, this is a minuscule gesture in comparison to what your donation will end up providing,” Darren said. “But if it means we can all generate more help and attention to where it is so desperately needed, then it’s the least I can do. Every little thing counts in times like this.”

To donate, click here.



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