Topekans Are Giving Aid To Typhoon Victims


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Typhoon Haiyan victims are slowly getting back up on their feet and Topekans are doing what they can to help out.

It has been 8 days since Typhoon Haiyan tore through Tacloban Philippines and Topekans are stepping forward to do what they can to help out, among them is Ping Enriquez, he was born and raised in the Philippines.

"Philippines is a big part of my life," says Enriquez.

He says a close friend of his lost his home from the an earthquake in October. He plans to fund-raise for Typhoon Haiyan and earthquake victims.

"The most pressing need for the areas affected by the earthquake and the typhoon is hygiene and sanitation, so we are raising money, to build temporary toilets, and temporary bathing stations," says Enriquez.

Another Topekan hoping to aid the Phillipines in their relief efforts is Jerry Loney from the northeast Kansas Lion's Club. He and other volunteers are putting together "care-kits" to send to the Philippines.

"It includes a wash rag, a wash cloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and band aids and other assorted items," says Loney, "I hope they know that someone is out there thinking of them, I know they are in a state of depression, and anxiety and wonder what is going to happen but we're there for them."

Enriquez plans to keep his promise and Loney says he hopes Tacloban can rebuild.

"That's our goal is to help them comeback, and rise up like the Phoenix," says Loney.

Enriquez has raised $5,000 so far. If you want to donate, donate to Educational Credit Union, 2808 S.W. Arrowhead, Topeka 66614.

Loney says the Lion's Club has raised $130,000 towards Philippine relief efforts. They are planning to have an assembly line making care-kits the week of December 5th.


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