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Monday, Nov 18 2013 10:48 AM

Locals gather financial aid for Philippines

Contributions for Typhoon Haiyan relief aid are being collected at various locations around town.

According to the United Nations, the typhoon killed at least 4,200 when it tore through the Philippines on Nov. 8.

City of Tehachapi Community Development Director David James acquired three buckets from the American Red Cross and placed them at City Hall, 115 S. Robinson St., Albertsons, 775 Tucker Road, and Kmart, 710 W. Tehachapi Blvd. The money in the buckets will be taken to the Red Cross and used solely for disaster relief in the Philippines.

Save Mart, 841 Tucker Road, will accept donations to submit to the American Red Cross at check out. A coupon available at the register can be scanned to add to the grocery bill and the amount will go directly to the Red Cross.

James' wife, Joy James, is from the Philippines, he said, and got the Filipino community together to hold a lunch fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 7, noon until 3 p.m. at the Tehachapi Senior Center, 500 E. "F" St.

"It will be all Filipino food," Joy said. "Filipinos love to cook."

Tickets to the lunch cost a $10 donation, which will be used to buy shelter boxes -- an all-in-one survival kit that includes a tent, water purification system, blankets, tools, and other necessities. ShelterBox is an international non-profit whose website can be viewed at ShelterBoxUSA.org.

Joy said they are hoping to raise about $5,000, which would pay for 100 boxes. She and David are trying to set up a bank account to which local doners may contribute directly. For more information, contact Joy at 822-3413.

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