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:
Step Up Physical Therapy
14866 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287
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
3280 North Tamiami Trail, #505
Port Charlotte (close to Winn Dixie)
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
1544 Rio De Janeiro Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33983
25295 Paraguay st., Punta Gorda, Fl 33983
Punta Gorda, FL
7474 Utilities Rd., Punta Gorda, FL
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.
FOR MONETARY DONATIONS, MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO
FILIPINO-AMERICAN SOCIETY, INC. THE ADDRESS IS P.O. Box
380206 Murdock, FL 33938 OR PLEASE CONTACT JESS CENDANA
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.