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Local group raises funds for typhoon victim relief effort

Published 8:24pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

With thousands in the Philippines still suffering after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines), one local organization is looking to help the storm’s victims.
The Filipino-American Association of Alexander City and Neighboring Counties (FAAACNC) is taking donations to send to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has a current death toll of more than 3,900 and rising.
“The Filipino American Association of Alexander City and Neighboring Counties is working hand-in-hand with the Filipino-American Association of Greater Birmingham to reach out to everybody in Alabama to help because the need back home is so overwhelming,” said Che Harris of FAAACNC.
Harris said the two central Alabama organizations have teamed with others to set up a PayPal account for financial donations and will be collecting goods at city hall for the storm’s victims.
“We will be accepting non-perishable items, clothing, can goods, bags of rice, hygiene kits and things like that,” Harris said. “FAAGB decided to help with the other Filipino American organizations in Alabama to set up one account for people to donate. Even a dollar would go a long way.”
Non-perishable items be put in a box located at city hall in Alexander City, as well as Personal Touch Salon in Sylacauga behind the city’s library.
“We put a donation box at city hall with the mayor’s approval,” Harris said. “We will be collecting goods there until the end of the month because we decided to send it early December. December is a big event in the Philippines with Christmas. It’s just so heartbreaking that people there don’t even have lights, don’t even have homes, pillows or blankets in the Christmas season.”
Harris said she just hopes people can help out in this the season of giving.
“This is Thanksgiving season and after that is Christmas season. This is a way of showing how appreciative we are that we are able to help somebody back in the Philippines,” Harris said. “We are asking that people just give what ever they can to ensure people in the Philippines can have food, clothes and a blanket.”
FAAACNC will also hold its first anniversary celebration Saturday at the Elk’s Lodge in Alexander City starting at 5 p.m.
FAAACNC is asking for $10, which will cover food and entertainment, from each person that attends.
All  proceeds will go toward the account set up for victims.
To donate to through PayPal, visit www.pinoyalabama.com or www.faaacnc.org.

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