Local relief efforts for typhoon victims held up
A Philippino group on Chicago’s North Side is trying to find ways to get tons of relief supplies to the typhoon victims in the Philippines.
Non-perishable items and water are flooding into the “Philippino American Council of Greater Chicago, Inc.” at Southport and Irving Park in the Lakeview neighborhood.
The organization has more than 5,000 boxes of crucial supplies so far.
A military contractor donated a cargo plane to bring the boxes to the Philippines, but bureaucratic red-tape prevented its arrival at O’Hare Airport on Friday.
Gov. Pat Quinn visited the center on Friday, and said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin asked the Defense Department to grant permission to use the Illinois National Guard’s C-130 planes to transport the supplies.
The group says it may need three planes to bring everything.
Private and corporate donations have paid for a boat to transport three containers, but that will take four weeks to arrive.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.