LOS ANGELES —
In New Jersey, expatriates gathered at Fiesta Grill, a Filipino restaurant in Jersey City, to watch a Philippine news channel via satellite.
One woman dabbed her eyes as she took in the devastation. Others boxed up donations of clothes, shoes and canned food at a direct shipping business to send to typhoon victims.
Adelia Ramos, 64, said she spent several days trying to reach family. She became emotional as she recalled getting in touch with them late Sunday.
“They are now safe, they are back in our province,” she said, breathing in sharply and waving away tears. “But, the worries that they had, they couldn’t get to our town, they had to walk for seven hours, and sometimes over dead bodies.”
A 5K run Sunday in Van Nuys raised $7,000 in four hours, and another, larger, fundraiser was in the works for early December — maybe an invitation-only dinner at a Los Angeles restaurant, de la Vega said.
Churches were also rushing to get donations together. The Filipino Disciples Christian Church in Los Angeles raised $400 over the weekend between an impromptu rummage sale and a special offering at Sunday’s service. The 60-member church is continuing to collect goods for another rummage sale next weekend.
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