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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Filipino groups place typhoon relief donation box at Tutti Frutti in Nashua’s Phesant Lane Mall

NASHUA – New Hampshire’s Filipino community is rallying to raise money and supplies for some of the most affected from last week’s Typhoon Haiyan.

The Filipino American Charitable Trust and the Filipino American Friendship Society of New Hampshire have pooled their
efforts and placed donation boxes at select locations, including at Tutti Frutti, a frozen-yogurt store at the Pheasant Lane Mall. ...

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NASHUA – New Hampshire’s Filipino community is rallying to raise money and supplies for some of the most affected from last week’s Typhoon Haiyan.

The Filipino American Charitable Trust and the Filipino American Friendship Society of New Hampshire have pooled their
efforts and placed donation boxes at select locations, including at Tutti Frutti, a frozen-yogurt store at the Pheasant Lane Mall.

Once the donations are collected, the organizations will distribute funds to contacts throughout the country, who will forward the money and goods to the Philippines, according to Jocelyn Santiago, president of New Hampshire’s Filipino American Friendship Society.

Santiago said many of New Hampshire’s Filipino residents still maintain close relationships with relatives from the Philippines. “We have friends who haven’t heard from their family since Thursday,” Santiago said.

Those who wish to donate are urged to bring cash or check to Tutti Frutti and place them in the donation box. New Hampshire’s Filipino organizations also will accept supplies, which will be sent to the Philippines. On a list of needed materials are summer clothes, school supplies, rice, oatmeal, peanut butter, powdered milk, towels, linens, toiletries, diapers and canned goods.

Last Thursday, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Along with a 17-foot storm surge, Haiyan brought with it sustained winds of 195 mph, making it the strongest land-falling typhoon ever recorded.

As of Tuesday, more than 1,800 fatalities were confirmed from the typhoon, and thousands remain displaced in the Eastern Visayas city of Tacloban, where the typhoon made landfall. Thousands more are feared dead.

New Hampshire’s Filipino organizations are urging local business leaders to donate portions of their sales from a selected day to the Filipino American Charitable Trust.

Organizers also will place a donation box for New Hampshire’s Typhoon Haiyan relief effort at Tutti Frutti’s Salem location, in the Mall at Rockingham Park. In addition, individuals can make out checks to the Filipino American Charitable Trust Inc. headquarters at 43 McAllister Road in Bedford.

Bradford Randall can be reached
at 594-6557 or brandall@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Randall on Twitter (@telegraph_BradR).