The erupting Taal volcano on the main island of the Philippines has caused indescribable chaos, with almost half a million people ordered to evacuate the surrounding area. Since tons of ash from the volcano destroyed houses and infrastructure, killing crops and livestock that residents depended on, thousands of people, soon to become hundreds of thousands, have been forced into evacuation centers that are struggling to provide basic necessities.

Although the situation looks bleak at the makeshift shelters where evacuees are staying, people are striving to pass the time and make each other smile by dressing up in the strangest clothes they’ve received as donations. In the rush to get supplies to victims of the disaster, people have been tossing everything from party dresses to work uniforms into donation boxes.

While not all of these stranger donated items will go far to help people get back on their feet, they’re at least providing a bit of entertainment to the people stuck in the shelters.

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Jacquelyn AlSarraj
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Red dress looks like a natural, he poses better than I can!

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Lyop
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hahahaha! Go big or go home is what I say...

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Organizations assisting the evacuation are not pleased with the clothing selection at evacuation centers, according to local news. The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center urged people to “treat the survivors with dignity” by donating clothes that could still be used. While the statement could have been in response to the pictures arising from the evacuation centers, they added that many of the donated articles of clothing were torn or otherwise unusable.

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Todd Hollfelder
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is a volcano survivor going to do with that? Swim to the nearest island for help??

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Black Rose
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lols.. We Filipinos always look at the brighter side. Every year we always face typhoons, flooding, earth quake or volcano eruptions etc. But one thing were always been proud of, We always find Hope and Happiness in every situation which motivate us to stand up and start again no matter how bad the situation is. Life goes go on.. might as well do it with smile =)

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While the Philippine Institute Of Volcanology say they will lower alerts if the volcano has calmed down within a two-week observation period following the ash eruptions that began on January 12, they’re not confident that this is the end. Volcanologists say they have observed magma close to the surface of the volcano, meaning that a more violent eruption could still be on the way and it’s not yet time to start trying to salvage the ash-covered settlements that residents left behind.

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反社会的
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

honestly the guy in the red dress really pulls it off.

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Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The leopard print jump suit with fur cuffs is a keeper! Wow!

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All & Some
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that is actually a lovely blouse. Maybe not quite his style, but still...

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Andrew Gibb
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Double sleeping bags for people who kick in their sleep and double bedspread?

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Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All you need is a cowboy and you have the village people!

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Marleen
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am so glad they didn't lose their sense of humor!

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Lingon
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks cosy. All that's needed is a cup of hot chocolate and then cuddling up to the soothing sounds of a fire spewing volcano.

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Kristi S.
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The guy on the right looks like David Carradine...

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Becky Moore
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Old McDonald's uniforms? The fast food place not the farmer :P

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All & Some
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alittle Shorter and it could be a Phillipine kilt.

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