Filipino Americans Organize Help for Typhoon Victims

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PARMA, OH -- Filipino Americans living in Northeast Ohio are left worrying and wondering what has become of their homeland. Efforts are already underway to help those affected by one of the worst storms to hit the Philippines.

The Philippine Red Cross is still trying to assess the full impact of what is being called a "super typhoon." The fear is that thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands are left homeless.

Cancio Castro is the Executive Director of Philippine American Society of Ohio. His relatives in the Philippines are okay, but he knows of others in the Cleveland area who are still waiting to hear about family in their homeland.

"We got updated with some of our colleagues and they said there is very little communication to the disaster area," Castro said.

Filipino people have had to deal with devastation from typhoons before and Castro has faith they will get through this latest disaster.

"The Filipino people are very resilient and very resourceful. As for our part, from the people around here in Northeast Ohio, we try to donate what we can."

The Philippine American Society of Ohio has set up a disaster relief fund and will work with the American Red Cross to bring aid directly to the people of the Philippines.

Monetary donations can be sent to The Philippine American Society of Ohio Disaster Fund at 1975 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma, Ohio 44134.

The Philippine American Society of Ohio is holding a meeting Monday night at 7 p.m. at their Parma location to organize relief efforts to the Philippines.

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