A Sonoma family collecting donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the Philippines earlier this month is preparing to send its first shipment and is amazed at the community’s response.
Recorded as one of the most powerful storms in history, with winds of 195 miles an hour and gusts as strong as 235 miles an hour, Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8, killing thousands and affecting millions. According to a report from the United Nations, the storm affected 13 million people, displacing 4 million people and leaving 2.5 million people in need of food aid.
In an immediate response to the storm’s destruction, Dulce Silvi, her husband, Greg, and their three children, started a relief drive and asked Sonomans to donate canned and dry foods to send to the most devastated area, Tacloban City.
The family plans to collect goods for at least two years, because, as Dulce says, “it’s going to take a long time for those people to get back on their feet – it’s a long road.” The family has been collecting rice, canned sardines and tuna, canned soup and beans. It has also received clothing donations (Dulce asks that people only send items suitable for tropical weather).
“Our garage is just filling up with relief items,” Dulce said. “My husband’s prayer is to have our garage overflowing.”