Giving in the Wake of Disaster
The Molokai Filipino Community Council (MFCC) is collecting donations to send to the Philippines after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit there more than two weeks ago. With a large Filipino population on Molokai, some locals have relatives or friends affected, said Benny Piros, MFCC president.
“Everybody can see on TV what’s happening and we’re just doing what we can to help,” he said.
The typhoon brought fierce winds and tsunami-like storm surges. The death toll is now more than 5,000, and more than 1,000 missing. It has been called one of the strongest typhoons on record.
The MFCC is asking for monetary donations as well as dry goods like clothing and canned food. They will be accepting items to be dropped offed at Imports Gifts in Kaunakakai through Dec. 7, when members will have a table at the Christmas Light Parade.
Piros said the MFCC, with about 50 active members, participates in community events like Festivals of Aloha, as well as organizes an annual celebration at the end of December in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero in the Philippines.