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Local Filipino community reaching out to typhoon victims and family

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Local Filipino community reaching out to typhoon victims and family

KGMI News Reporting
Mike Curtis

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Whatcom County’s large Filipino community is hearing first-hand from friends and family across the Pacific about the devastation caused by super typhoon Haiyan.

Bambi Hagan with the Filipino-American Association of Whatcom County says her daughter, who lives in Whatcom County, is in the Philippines doing missionary work and was caught in the middle of the storm.

She says her daughter is okay.

Play Bambi Hagan on her daughter

Hagan says her daughter had to leave the island where she was staying because there was nothing left after the storm.

The roads are completely blocked by trees and other debris, so she’s traveling by foot and by boat to get food and supplies to send back to the convent where she was staying.

The association is scrambling to help out victims of the killer typhoon.

Association Chairman Bill sturgeon says they’re putting together boxes of supplies to ship to families in the Philippines.

Play Bill Sturgeon on sending supplies

Sturgeon’s wife has a mom and four brothers in the Philippines who lost their homes and all of their belongings in the storm.

Anyone who wants to help can reach the association at 360-966-7703.