WOODSIDE, Queens (PIX11) – It is another night of desperation in Woodside, Queens while residents hope and wait to hear from their relatives in the Philippines.
They hoped their voices reached a community thousands of miles away. Their families who they haven’t been able to reach for days, and the thousands of people who they know are suffering. They held a prayer vigil and press conference, hoping the international community would take notice as the death toll climbs to 2,344 and 2 million are in need of food, according to the government.
“Not only struck a chord as we’ve seen today, not only with Filipinos,” said Jennine Ventura of NAFCON.
On Wednesday night, in Woodside, Queens, dozens gathered along with local elected officials.
They talked of grassroots fundraisers and individual ways they could help. Many said they feared aid isn’t getting where it should go in the Philippines.
They’re angry at the images on the news. They don’t want to sit back and wait, and with each passing day the death toll rises.
They stood on the corner of 69th street and Roosevelt Avenue on this cold November night. They’ve heard the reports of dead corpses in the streets, of families running out of food with no where to go.
“It’s really heartbreaking that one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history has hit is again, this year, this is also a very frustrating time,” said Jackie Mariano, of Woodside, Queens.
This community known as Little Manila continues to do everything it can to fight. They are doing it for their families and for the people they don’t know.
According to the American Red Cross, the organization is committing an initial $6 million in support of the global Red Cross response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. These funds, according to officials, will be used to distribute relief items, repair and rebuild shelters, provide healthcare and ensure access to clean water and sanitation systems.
As of this morning, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF said it had raised $4,603,382 from donors in the United States. The money will fund UNICEF’s emergency programs in water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition, education, and child protection.