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Because the Philippines is a heavily Catholic country, organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church are in a position to quickly get aid to the victims of the recent typhoon and earthquake. Catholic Relief Services has already delivered thousands of needed items.

A friend contacted me this morning to see if I could help spread the word about a collection by the Philippine American Association of East Tennessee. They asked for donations payable to Sacred Heart Cathedral, which can make sure the money gets to the Archdiocese of Palo.

A news story by the Voice of America includes several references to church volunteers:

Efforts among Filipino-Americans to assist with typhoon relief extended across the country.

In San Francisco, the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, a nonprofit that serves underprivileged Filipino youth, stayed open overnight on Sunday to accept donations of food and medicine for victims of the typhoon.

The center collected about 700 pounds of canned food and medical supplies, said executive director Rudy Asercion, a third generation Filipino-American.

Asercion said the supplies would be shipped this week to Cebu, where Catholic church-affiliated volunteers would distribute them to typhoon victims in hard-hit places like the city of Tacloban…

…At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops assembly in Baltimore on Monday, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, chairman of the board of directors of U.S-based Catholic Relief Services, urged his colleagues to take up a “second collection” from churches for relief efforts in the Philippines and Vietnam.

“We hope you can send those collections as soon as possible because the crisis is so imminent.”

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