Delano organization raises $30,000 in just four hours for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

DELANO, Calif. - The Filipino Community of Delano spent four hours fundraising for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Sunday.

In that short time, the group was able to raise over $30,000, after receiving a generous donation by Wells Fargo for $10,000.

"It's not only our Filipino community it's ethnicities of all different backgrounds that are coming together and dropping off clothes and food and that's what Kern County is all about," said president of the Filipino Community Jay Tamsi. 
 
For many of the volunteers the news of the typhoon was devastating, but for Regina Flores the disaster hits closer to home. 
 
Flores was unable to find her relatives for days, after the typhoon had struck her hometown. On Sunday morning, she finally received good news. 
 
"This morning, I finally got to  talk to my sister and their doing okay and they have a lot of food supplies and what they're doing now is rebuilding the home," Flores said. 
 
The organization also accepted canned food and clothes donations. At the end of the day, volunteers had complied over 150 boxes of gently used clothes that was donated by residents.
 
The organization paired with LBC shipping to help send the clothes over to the Philippines for free. 
 
After two fundraisers, the Filipino Community of Delano was able to raise over $170,000 for the victims of Haiyan. 
 
 
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