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Sacramento Area Filipino Community Pitches In To Help Typhoon Victims

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In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Haiyan moves towards the Philippines November 7, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. The storm is packing sustained winds of 140 mile per hour (225 kilometers per hour) as it heads towards the island country.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Haiyan moves towards the Philippines November 7, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. The storm is packing sustained winds of 140 mile per hour (225 kilometers per hour) as it heads towards the island country. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Filipino community here in Sacramento is organizing relief efforts to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The concern is for victims to find shelter because so many have lost their homes.

The Red Cross deployed workers to the Philippines before the arrival of the storm and is ready on the ground as soon as it’s safe to go into the hardest-hit cities.

Local organizations say it’s difficult to send items overseas during a time of crisis — so raising money is their only option now.

With the devastation so widespread, Filipino communities here are joining together to help relatives across the Pacific Ocean.
“We in Sacramento should be supplementing these things,” she said. “We are looking long-term, like clothing and raise funds. It is very important,” said Lilia Rivera, who has relatives in the Philippines.

The organizations will hold a meeting on Thursday to coordinate their efforts. They plan to hold a telethon and a donation drive for supplies they can send over.

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