Two natural disasters, half a world away, and seemingly unrelated.
But now donations collected by Chicago’s Filipino community to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan will aid locals hit by yesterday’s tornadoes.
The typhoon relief efforts received enormous support in Chicago but the original plans to fly aid to the Philippines in a cargo plane fell through. Organizers are still planning to ship several tractor trailers full of clothes. But they’re still waiting to see if Gov Quinn’s appeal to the Secretary of Defense will help them get essential items like medicine and food to the affected areas.
In the meantime, one of the organizers, Rose Tibayan says they’ve collected so much, they can afford to help disaster victims in Illinois too.
A truck loaded with supplies collected at Chicago’s Rizal Center, including food, water and supplies, is on its way to Washington Illinois.