Local Filipinos beginning relief efforts for homeland, saddened by devastation

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Local Filipinos beginning relief efforts for homeland, saddened by devastation

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Marcela Rojas
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November 12, 2013

Elmsford Raceway - Lou del Rosario

Gift of Life International organizes typhoon relief…: Luis del Rosario, the director of Gift of Life International, talks about his organization’s relief efforts in the Phillipines. (Video by Joe Larese/The Journal News)
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The death and devastation left by Friday’s Typhoon Haiyan became more apparent Monday as cataclysmic images emerged of leveled buildings and houses, massive piles of debris, bloated bodies, and survivors begging for food, water and medicine. An estimated 10,000 people are feared dead from what is being called one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit land. The death toll is likely to climb as rescue workers continue their search.

As relief efforts get under way, Mejica said he expects to make cash donations as part of the relief efforts his boss, Luis Del Rosario, is planning through a local Rotary club.

“One single dollar will feed a family for one day,” said Mejica, who hails from Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by Haiyan.

Del Rosario, owner of Elmsford Raceway, is organizing relief funds through the Croton-on-Hudson Rotary Club, where he is a member. Del Rosario, who is Filipino and a Croton-on-Hudson resident, said he is reaching out to Rotary District 7230, which comprises Westchester County, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Bermuda, for the collection effort.

Any donations, he said, will be sent to Rotary clubs in the Philippines.

“Monetary donations are the easiest and fastest way to get the relief they need,” Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario is on the board of directors for Gift of Life International, an organization that provides cardiac surgery to children throughout the world. The group was supposed to be in the Philippines this month but the trip has been rescheduled for February, he said.

“I’m devastated,” he said of the typhoon’s destruction. “When you see the pictures, it reminds me of Nagasaki. There is nothing standing.”

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