Metro Detroiters help with Philippines typhoon relief effort

Metro Detroiters help with Philippines typhoon relief effort

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

The death toll could top 10,000 in the Philippines after a massive typhoon caused flooding, landslides and widespread damage. The U.S. is helping with aid, and now Metro Detroiters with ties to the Philippines are helping to raise money for the victims.

Nearly 4.3 million people are affected; 330,000 are homeless after the storm. Survivors are in need of food, water, electricity and medical assistance.  Phone lines are down, and damage and debris is scattered across neighborhoods.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to see the damage and hear from local Filipinos in reports from Fox 2's Robin Schwartz

The typhoon is one of the worst storms to make landfall in recorded history. Sunday, President Obama said he's deeply saddened by the deaths and damage in the Philippines. He says the U.S. is providing significant humanitarian aid.

How can I help?


+ The Philippine American Community Center in Southfield is organizing a local fundraising drive and relief effort.

LINK: Click here for more information about FILAMCCO >>

+ The American Red Cross has already sent disaster relief specialists to the region, but the need is overwhelming.

LINK: Click here for more information or to donate to the Red Cross relief effort >>

+ The World Medical Relief is also accepting medical donations such as: cough and cold medicines; pain relievers; vitamins; wheelchairs; crutches and canes; dressings; tape and rolled bandages; IV kits; syringes; and bed pans.

LINK: Click here for more information or to donate to World Medical Relief >>


World Medical Relief donations can also be dropped off at the Detroit branch.
Address: 11745 Rosa Parks
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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