Published: Nov 13, 2013 5:04 PM EST
Updated: Nov 13, 2013 6:26 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Many people across the United States are waiting anxiously to hear from relatives in the Philippines. Estimates show 600,000 people are now homeless after the typhoon and the desperation for food and clean water is growing.

WINK News found out how an organization is Charlotte County is stepping up to help.

"One of them couldn't find her grandfather and her cousin. The other one doesn't know if her sister and brother is still alive... how do you comfort them?," said Brenda Deguzman.

It's what those in the Filipino-American Society of Charlotte County are asking.

Ana Romillo is still waiting to hear from relatives who live right where the typhoon tore through.

"Only thing I can do is pray. Pray that they're alright or if they're in Heaven, that's great because I don't want them suffering somewhere," she said.

Leaders say the typhoon has killed at least 2,300 people and impacted more than 11 million. 

It's why the organization is reaching out and collecting donations to fill these boxes for those who are trying to pick up the pieces.

Brenda survived Hurricane Charley and said that experience gives this community perspective.

"They know how it feels to be a victim of a tremendous storm so i think people here are very compassionate," she added.

Brenda hopes efforts like these make the road to recovery a little easier.

"Even though we are this far away on the other side of the world, we are here, we pray for them, we care for them," she said.

You can drop off donations at the following locations:

North Port

Step Up Physical Therapy

14866 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287

Port Charlotte

Shine Physical Therapy

2301 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Dr. Rhona Holganza’s Office

2525 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Dr. Jose Domingo’s office

2484 Caring Way, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Sheriff’s Office

3280 North Tamiami Trail, #505

Port Charlotte (close to Winn Dixie)

Rehab One

4166 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Other Doctor’s offices inside Medical Pavilion

2525 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL

Crossover Christian Fellowhip- ONLY THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17 FROM 11AM UNTIL 2PM)

Board of Realtors , 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL

Deep Creek Community, Punta Gorda

Universal Fitness

1544 Rio De Janeiro Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33983

Harrington’s Residence

25295 Paraguay st., Punta Gorda, Fl 33983

Punta Gorda, FL

Sheriff’s Office

7474 Utilities Rd., Punta Gorda, FL

Galleria Antiques

212 W. Virginia Ave., Punta Gorda, FL33950

• Donations in kind will be accepted until November 22. Please note that LBC Foundation is accepting these

boxes (not more than 24x18x18) and will be shipped for free but on a limited time only. The foundation taps these

donations to the Philippine Red Cross. Monetary donations will be sent to ABS-CBN Foundation in Redwood, CA.




AT 941-914-2112 or CRIS GUERZO 941-204-0264

The Filipino-American Society of Charlotte County is also holding a fundraiser walk on November 23rd and Bayshore Park in Port Charlotte.  All proceeds will go to relief efforts.  The walk starts at 8:00 a.m.