Ten thousand people are feared dead after a super typhoon hit the Philippines Friday. Officials estimate the storm destroyed more than 80 percent of the area in its path in the
provinces of Samar and Leyte. Meteorologists say this could be one of the most
powerful typhoons to ever hit land.
Many local Filipinos are in shock. They said this is their country’s Hurricane Katrina, and they’re devastated they can’t be there to help.
“It’s really sad because we’ve never seen this many lives that were lost and people
that were affected compared to other floods before,” said Sienna Mangaoang, who moved to the ArkLaTex a little over a year again so her father could teach in Vivian.
"I feel so hopeless because I can’t do anything for them in this situation right now,” said Kari Walpole, who has been unable to locate her biological father’s family who live on the southern coast of Leyte.
There are about 200 Filipino families living in the ArkLaTex. The community is asking you
to support their country with its relief efforts
"We are our brothers keeper,” said Mary Grace de Joya Vea, secretary of the
Association of South East Asia and North America (ASEANA Foundation) “That’s why I ask that people come no matter where they are, what country or beliefs they have, we have to be united in this .”
Joya Vea encourages people to donate to the Samaritan's Purse. She said it's a reputable
organization that's already providing aid to the Philippines.
Its address is Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607. For more information,
call (828) 262-1980 or (828) 266-1056.