Columbus Adds To Phillipine Relief Effort
One week after a massive typhoon swept across the Phillipines, the death toll keeps rising. A Phillipine defense official says more than 3,000 are confirmed dead as of Friday morning. The disaster has spawned international relief efforts, including some here in Columbus. Worthington Minister Manuel Badar grew up in the Manila. He came to Columbus in 2005 with his family to do church work. But for the past week, he has scrolled through Facebook posts from the Phillipines, some written in a Phillipine dialect. "In English, it says we salute you sir." Badar is looking for some kind of word from acquaintances in the area hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan. "I have friends, former classmates in Bible College that upto this point I haven't heard from," says Badar. Badar is pastor of a small Central Ohio Filipino congregation of 24. This week-end he'll join others to collect food, clothing, and cash to help survivors of the typhoon. He identifies at least three local groups with ties to the Phillipines that will be involved in relief efforts this week-end. The Phillipine American Society of Central Ohio will collect non-perishables and the Hills Market downtown. Manager Jean Caputo says she agreed to participated in the disaster relief effort after a request from a friend. "We're just asked to be the host. We'll probably end her a hand with our personal vehicles if we have to," says Caputo. Proceeds from the Saturday event will go to the American Red Cross Typhoon Relief fund. "Horrible, I was reading in the paper how it's like larger than the size of Ohio. And that's pretty cumbersome than anything. It's pretty sad," adds Caputo. In fact, the size of the storm would have covered Ohio several times. Badar says he began monitoring the typhoon's path even before it made landfall. "Growing up I've seen lots of big storms back home in the Phillipines. But after what I have seen in the news. I think this, this tops it all," says Badar. Thousands of Filipinos remain missing in areas where the storm swept through the island nation. Badar says it's important for him to participate in relief efforts as he waits for any word from friends and acquaintances. "The situation is insurmountable. We are so thankful for the international help."