Raising money for typhoon victims, one T-shirt at a time

Published On: Nov 17 2013 05:34:00 PM HST

As thousands in the Philippines struggle in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, there's an outpouring of support on Oahu.

Click here to watch Nana Ohkawa's report.

Super Typhoon Haiyan was more than high winds and rain. New video footage shows surging water knocking down homes in just seconds.

The death toll is now at nearly 4,000 people.

Relief efforts to help those in need in the Philippines are in full force. Some artists and store owners on Oahu are trying to raise money through T-shirts.

"I remember the Aloha For Japan a couple years ago when Japan was hit by the tsunami. I bought some shirts, so I thought I'll buy some shirts for the Philippines," said customer at Butigroove, Scheller Sanchez.

The Aloha For Japan shirts generated more than $80,000 for tsunami victims and the same organizers hope to exceed that amount for typhoon victims.

"People love the simplicity of it. They love the word 'aloha' and they will see the Philippine's sun from the flag (on the shirt)," said A.J. Halagao with Aloha for Philippines.

Each shirt costs $20. The proceeds will be donated to the Filipino Community Center. The funds are intended to reach people desperate for water, food, and medical supplies.

"I think it provides people a warm feeling and I think people love the fact that they are helping their friends, families and communities out in the Philippines," said Halagao.

Organizers with Aloha For Philippines are trying to work with banks and credit unions to serve as collection points for monetary donations.

You can buy the shirts at the store Butigroove and online at AlohaforPhilippines.com.

Super Typhoon  Haiyan survivors in Tacloban, Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan devastates the Philippines

Click here to see pictures of the devastation in the Philippines.


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