A group of Filipinos who hail from Cagayan de Oro are gathering relief goods for the victims of tropical storm Sendong.
"My wife is ok, but some of my friends are having problems — one is water, then food, and medicine -- and we're trying everything we can to help out," said Art Laya.
When he heard about the destruction caused by Sendong, Laya immediately called his wife who is currently in Cagayan de Oro.
Members of the Kagay-anon International of Southern California (KISC) answered the call to help affected residents in their hometown.
Laya, who owns cargo company UCCI Mindanao Express, has started collecting donations which he will send for free to the storm victims.
"I'm hoping that we could send this right away and clear customs out there right away,” he said.
In just one day, KISC collected 15 balikbayan boxes worth of clothes, food, and water.
The group's secretary Fredrick Docdocil's family home was damaged in the flood. His relatives are alive and safe.
"There are about 35,000 people that are in evacuation centers and these are people that I know, my family knows, I grew up with. The morgues are filling up bad right now," Docdocil said.
Kagay-anon International can be reached through the group's founder Roy Gaane at email@example.com
In Redwood City, ABS-CBN Foundation mobilized Sagip Kapamilya, a fundraiser to help typhoon victims.
Checks can be made to “ABS CBN Foundation International: Typhoon Sendong” and sent to 150 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, California 94065. Donors can also contribute online via www.abscbnfoundation.org.