SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The deadly typhoon that struck the Philippines has prompted an outpouring of support in the Bay Area, and local Filipino organizations are gathering donations for the disaster victims.
A group of Bay Area Filipinos gathered on San Francisco’s Market Street on Monday to raise money for victims of the deadly typhoon that hit the Philippines on Friday.
A handful of representatives from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns stood near the Powell Street cable car turnaround to ask for donations to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which is estimated to have killed thousands of people and left hundreds of thousands without homes in the central Philippines.
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Princess Bustos, a volunteer with NAFCON, sang to passersby, many of whom stopped to give money to the group.
“There are a lot of us who lost loved ones or whose friends are missing,” Bustos said. “Being out here today is a great way for us to put all the energy, the anxiety, the stress, the fear, the anguish of loss into something positive.”
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the region last month, so “to be hit again, it’s really devastating,” she said.
Daly City resident Jessica Gonzales, who came to the city on Monday to meet up with a friend, stopped by to give cash to the group.
Gonzales said she has family in the Philippines but that she’s “lucky they don’t live in the area” hit by the hurricane.
“Just as a community, we want to help each other out,” she said.