Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Leaders of the Las Vegas Filipino community gathered together on Monday night to discuss coordinating efforts about the aid needed in the typhoon-ravaged parts of the Philippines.
The meeting was held at the Aloha Kitchen on Decatur Boulevard. Dozens of local Filipino-Americans came to hear how they could support the relief efforts.
Leaders said donors need to consider giving money before giving anything else. The need for monetary donations is extremely high. Leaders also emphasized a need for medical supplies, such as bandages and antiseptics.
Sun Cargo, a local Filipino traveling and shipping company, is asking for donors to drop off items at its store location at 5960 West Spring Mountain Road. Owner Jay Symonds said people can drop off dry goods, canned goods and clothing. The company will send the boxes of donated items to the Philippines.
Local leaders expressed a deep need for the establishment of a calamity fund, in light of the events in the Philippines that have transpired over the past several weeks. Luzviminda Sapin Micabalo from the local Philippine American Charity Foundation told the crowd, "We had the [recent] earthquake and [now the] typhoon. [With it being] as massive as it is, we need to get together again as one to send help. [We need to] act as one."
Local Filipino Guy Rendon's friend died in the recent earthquake. Now, he's worried about his family and friends who were in the typhoon's path. "I've had sleepless nights for a few days. You worry. You have these different scenarios in your head. You think sometimes of the worst thing that can happen and then you prepare yourself," he told Action News.
Dr. Philip Paleracio of The Dental Center of Nevada has offered up his center as a donation drop-off site for items like canned goods and clothing. The address is 601 South Rancho Drive.
To learn more about how to donate money and materials, locals can contact the Philippine American Charity Foundation at (702) 375-7874 or Feed the Hungry at (702) 586-5872.