In the wake of the super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8, a Sonoma family is organizing a relief effort to support the storm’s victims. The storm, which is said to be one of the most powerful recorded, with winds of 195 miles an hour and gusts as strong as 235 miles an hour, killed an estimated 10,000 people.
Dulce Silvi, her husband, Greg, and their three children, are asking Sonomans to join their relief efforts and donate canned and dry foods to send to the most devastated area, Tacloban City.
The family is looking for rice, canned sardines and tuna, canned soup and beans. Dulce said they will also accept clothing donations, but she asks that people send only items suitable for tropical weather. The family will bear all shipping costs.
For Dulce, the news of this super storm hit especially close to home.
Dulce was born and raised in Manila and has family that still lives in the area as well as in the hardest-hit Tacloban – all of whom she has made contact with and are OK. Dulce said she and Greg, who was born in Connecticut, met while they were working in the Philippines and were later married there. In 1997, Dulce and Greg moved to the United States.