2013-11-22 / Top Stories

Paying It Forward To The Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan made Hurricane Sandy look like a rain shower. However, knowing the effects of a massive storm firsthand, Rockaway residents are paying it forward to the Philippines. Residents have many opportunities to donate money and supplies.

Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, was 370 miles wide when it hit the Philippines on November 8th, with 195 mph sustained winds and gusts reaching up to 235 mph. The storm surge reached 17 feet in Tacloban, the hardest-hit city. The typhoon impacted 13 million people and the death toll is in the thousands. Three million people are displaced and close to 500,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

A special collection is being held St. Francis de Sales School on Beach 129th Street this weekend. Items such as ready-to-eat and canned food, water purification tablets, water containers, tents, temporary shelters, tarps, hygiene kits, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary napkins, baby diapers, wipes, bottles, baby formula, power generators, general medical supplies, over-thecounter medication, mosquito repellent, flashlights and batteries can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd or from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th.

On Sunday, December 1st, at 2 p.m., all are invited to Thai Rock at 375 Beach 92nd Street for a special fundraiser for the Philippines. All of the financial donations will be donated to Team Rubicon, which was a big help to Rockaway residents following Sandy. All material donations will go to the nonprofit Afya foundation which will send the goods to the Philippines. There will be representatives from both Team Rubicon and Afya at the event.

The event will include musical performances by Christine Sweeney, Button Down Runner, Keegan & Soogs, Grim Pickens & the High 5, Walker Hornung and the Brotherhood of the Grape, Solshyne, Alive N Kickin and more. There will also be a screening of the documentary “John Cori Warned You” at 5 p.m.

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