The Great 13th District embraces its rich diversity, and today our brothers and sisters in the Filipino community need our compassion and support more than ever.
As you know, the Philippines was struck with one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history. Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Tacloban shoreline and left a landscape of debris in its wake. Homes and businesses were lost, so too were thousands of lives.
The catastrophic storm left an estimated 2.5 million people in need of emergency food assistance, and forced survivors to relocate and find temporary homes.
The storm has created a tremendous demand for resources. Humanitarian aid is already on the ground in the Philippines, Red Cross volunteers are mobilizing, and donation drives are supplying and sending the very basic and critical necessities to the survivors.
As relief efforts ramp up around the world, I would like you to take a moment and review the list below and see where you might be able to lend a hand.
AmeriCares - providing medical aid
Filipino American Community of Los Angeles Disaster Relief Drive - Los Angeles-based donation drive for the typhoon survivors
Medecins Sans Frontieres - provide medical services and treat patients
Operation USA - Los Angeles-based non-profit with a focus on providing water purification supplies
Philippine Red Cross - providing local support and relief efforts
Red Cross - sending emergency aid and volunteers
UNICEF - helping children affected by the disaster
World Food Programme - The UN's hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief
World Vision - providing food, water, and hygiene kits
I appreciate your compassion and commitment to help, and for joining me as we support our Filipino community. Together we are one.