Fundraising efforts ramp up for Philippines

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Noli Vasallo is with the Filipino American Association of Missouri. He's been checking in with members since the Super Typhoon hit.

"We are also checking on Facebook," said Vasallo. "Mostly we check on the Facebook because that's where they communicate a lot of what's going on there."

He doesn't have family in the hardest hit areas like Tacloban. Ryan de los Reyes does.

"I just heard from my cousin yesterday, actually last night through Facebook," de los Reyes said. "All of a sudden she just popped up there to chat and I was just glad to hear from her."

His cousin and her family rode the storm out on the top floor of their home. The roof was ripped off while they took cover.

"She was asking for financial help last night because she didn't have anything with her anymore," he said.

Both Ryan and Noli are working to raise money. Noli's Filipino American Association is setting up a fundraising account.

"All we can do right now is collect monetary help for now. And maybe later in the future. Maybe a month from now. We are also collecting some clothing and canned goods and toiletries. That will come next," he said.

The money they raise will go to the either the Filipino Red Cross or a television station that is distributing help. Ryan and his friends are piecing help together. He's selling photos he's taken while traveling the world.

"With this fundraising that I'm doing with my friends, we are all doing this on our own. We have contacts in Manila who are going to do the purchasing of the foods and everything else," he said.

All the money from Ryan's pictures is going straight to the relief effort.

Noli Vasallo says they should have their account set up later this week for anyone who wants to donate. We'll post that information as soon as it's available.


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