Damien Memorial School collects donations for Typhoon Haiyan victims

Published On: Nov 16 2013 01:50:51 PM HST
HONOLULU, Hawaii -

Images of the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan have moved many into action.

Efforts to help those hit hardest by the typhoon are now pouring in across the state. At Damien Memorial School, the senior class was carrying on the school's tradition of giving back by collecting donations of food and clothing to send to the Philippines.

With 40 percent of the student body of Filipino ancestry, the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan hit close to home.

Too close for Nick Angoco, whose family in Bohol lost their home.

“My family didn’t even get hit the hardest,” Angoco said. “So imagine what happened to them 10 times worse in the area that got hit. So it’s pretty devastating.”

“I’m from the Philippines, so I’d like to help them out, even if it’s just a little. It’s just devastating watching the news,” said Mona Guillermo, who was unloading a trunk full of clothing and food she and her co-workers had collected.

L&L Drive In founder Eddie Flores also saw the images from the storm.

“A lot of my employees have family in Cebu, Leyte area. They’re really affected. In fact, some of them can’t even contact their family,” Flores said.

In four days, Flores organized Saturday’s fundraiser, donating 100 percent of morning sales to relief efforts in the Philippines.

He said volunteers stepped in without being asked, such as 11-year-old Anderson Chen.         

“I just wanted to do what I can to help them,” said Chen, a student at Hawaii Baptist Academy.

Everything L&L raises will be matched by Flores, along with a private nonprofit and by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

“We’re an island out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and this could have easily happened to us. So I think we recognize that. So we pull together for the families,” said Chris Hause, vice president of marketing and sales with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

Damien Memorial School reported they collected nearly 5,000 cans of food and $2,500 in cash, along with 300 bags of clothing, towels, pots, pans, bowls and personal hygiene items.

The school will be accepting donations throughout the week.

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