Typhoon Haiyan was a huge disaster. Kodiak’s Filipino community has big plans to help.
This weekend, a series of events will raise money and supplies to send to the islands, which were devastated by Haiyan. The storm made landfall in the eastern Philippines on Friday, and the official death toll has passed 2,300 people. More than 600,000 people have been displaced.
Almost one in seven people within the Kodiak Island Borough is Filipino, according to the US Census, and Kodiak’s efforts will be joined by others across Alaska this weekend.
On Friday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host a service at 6 p.m. to pray for those whose loved ones were killed or are missing. Similar events will take place across the state at the same time. The largest is a vigil planned at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Also Friday, the Filipino-American Volunteers will sell eggrolls for delivery, 13 pieces for $12. Call Bernadette Villaroya at 486-3416 for more information.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Laura Arboleda will host a Zumba fitness class with DJ Marc in Main Elementary’s gymnasium. Donations will be collected at the class for the disaster fund.
The largest relief event is scheduled for Sunday at the Kodiak Baptist Mission, where a benefit sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kodiak Filipino Bible Church is organizing the event and accepting donations at the church, 1316 Selief Lane.
Hannahgrace Belen Lucas, one of the organizers, said the church is collecting anything and everything that can be sold — from homemade food to art and garage sale items. Donations can be dropped off at the Filipino Bible Church, and Lucas said she is seeking businesses to host donation boxes. Anyone interested in hosting a donation box or contributing to the relief effort can call 512-7174.
The Filipino-American Association of Kodiak is collecting donations through an account at Wells Fargo bank. Checks can be made payable to the association at account No. 3885567804. Write “Philippines Disaster Relief Fund” on the memo line.
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