MANILA, Philippines – The Filipino community in Hawaii was able to raise $44,000 in cash and pledges for victims of tropical storm Sendong in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
About 100 volunteers gathered at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu the day after Christmas to man phone lines as they appealed to kababayans and friends from across the state to share to the families affected by the flash floods and mudslides that hit these cities in Mindanao.
In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu stated that the one-day drive netted about $30,000 in actual donations and $14,000 in pledges.
First Hawaiian Bank (FHB), one of Hawaii's largest banks, announced the bank has set up a special account where donations for the typhoon victims could be deposited.
The Filipino community and FHB will course the funds through the Archdiocese and Diocese of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City and the Philippine Red Cross, respectively.
Meanwhile, LBC Hawaii announced that it would be sending donated goods and items through the LBC Foundation free of charge.
Hotels across the state expressed much interest in donating bed sheets, blankets, and towels.
Deputy Consul General Paul Cortes, who was special guest at KNDI 1270 AM's five-hour live broadcast from the Filipino Community Center, thanked the Filipino and Hawaiian communities for their generosity.
The community will continue accepting donations until the end of December.