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Filipino-American community works to help typhoon victims

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 11/12/2013 7:18 am
LAS VEGAS — With more than 120,000 Filipino-Americans living in the Las Vegas area, many are following typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last week.

Community leaders and businesses got together Monday night near Saraha and Decatur to figure out how best to help their homeland.

What they are most afraid of is the unknown -- not being able to get in touch with loved ones or homes that are totally lost. People here are coming together to help.

Community leaders decided the Philippine American Charity Foundation will serve as the hub for donations.

Elliot Karp, the president of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, also announced $15,000 in relief efforts to aid a country that once helped them.

“It was only 74 years ago, the eve of the Holocaust … it was the Filipino people who took thousands of Jewish refugees and save them from being murdered in the Holocaust,” Karp said.

Some in Las Vegas still have not heard from their loved ones. Family Court Judge Cheryl Moss spoke to her relatives the day before the storm hit and hasn't been able to connect since.

“I’m just praying they’re still alive,” she said. “My grandmother's house is probably not there any more. Trees, debris … I'm saddened to see all the pictures there. I’m wondering where my relatives are and if they’re still alive.”

Rocelyn Symonds knows that feeling. She received pictures from her cousins of their home after the typhoon hit.

“To me to think my family is fine -- they’re alive -- is a big, big relief for me,” Symonds said.

Cox is providing its Filipino Channel for free to its cable customers.
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