RICHMOND (WRIC)—Just days ago, Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, raged through the Philippines. Some officials say the death toll could reach 10,000.
One thing that Americans have been known to do is help others out during their time of need. Many organizations in the Richmond area are doing just that—sending help to the Philippines.
Richmond-based ChildFund International is already on the ground in the Philippines, assessing the damage. The nonprofit organization's short-term goal is to provide for the immediate needs of those who have been impacted. It is also providing child protection, including psychosocial recovery and safe spaces, for children. All this requires a lot of money, and ChildFund says every little bit helps.
"It's amazing how far a dollar will go in developing countries," said Virginia Sowers of ChildFund International. "So, we welcome any gift that people can afford."
With all the damage, many forms of communication are down in the Philippines. The American Red Cross is assisting families in the Richmond area who are having trouble connecting with loved ones living in the disaster area.
"We have a form on our website that will allow you to start the process to reconnect with those individuals," said Jonathan McNamara, a spokesman for the American Red Cross. "We also have case workers throughout the Red Cross system here in Virginia who can also play a role in aiding you in that process."
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