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AARP Foundation kicks off fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief

By Paula Akana
Published On: Nov 13 2013 05:54:00 PM HST

AARP is setting up a potential million dollar relief fund for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

HONOLULU -

An organization not normally associated with disaster relief is kicking off a potential million-dollar relief fund for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Surrounded by leaders of Hawaii's Filipino community on Wednesday, leaders from the American Association of Retired Persons announced a relief fund to support victims of the storm.

AARP and its foundation have committed to matching donations dollar for dollar.

"The AARP Foundation will work with relief organizations and groups they have worked with before to ensure the aid gets to the right people," said Rob Romasco, AARP national president.

Those who gathered for the announcement said they  are hoping Hawaii residents will continue to reach deep to help storm victims.

While more commonly known for lobbying for the 50- plus group, the AARP Foundation previously donated money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake.

Current plans call for a statewide fundraiser scheduled for Dec. 15.

KITV will have details when they are available.

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