Local events raising help for the Philippines

The Filipino-American Association of Northern Illinois University is holding a fundraiser to assist with the American Red Cross’s disaster-relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8. Thousands of lives were lost, and an estimated 600,000 people were left homeless. The rebuilding will take years.

A simple Filipino meal will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at DeKalb Area Retirement Center-Oak Crest, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive in DeKalb. Enter through Door 18 on the building’s east side. Attendees are asked to donate what they can to the Red Cross’s efforts. Donations are tax-deductible.

Those unable to attend the fundraiser may send donations by mail to Evelina Jose Cichy, 2944 Country Club Lane, DeKalb, IL 60115. The group’s goal is to raise $10,000. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross, with Philippine Relief in the memo line.

Malta and Northwest Malta United Methodist Churches are seeking the assistance of the communities of DeKalb and Ogle counties and making a special appeal to Filipino-Americans for donations of school supplies for school children affected by the multiple severe disasters that accompanied the typhoon.

Most school buildings and houses were lost in the catastrophe that hit the region. The Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio, pastor of Malta United Methodist Churches and a volunteer team leader of the Volunteers In Mission to the Philippines, a not-for-profit organization, is spearheading the collection.

Donations will be sent to the communities greatly affected by the devastation.

For information, contact Malta United Methodist Church at 815-825-2118. The church is located at 201 Sprague St. in Malta.

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