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UVA Student Group Fundraises for Typhoon Survivors

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Students at the University of Virginia are launching a fundraising campaign to support recovery from Friday’s powerful typhoon that washed away communities and claimed 10,000 lives in the Philippines. The campaign to provide aid for typhoon survivors is personal for students in UVA’s Organization of Young Filipino Americans (OYFA).

Fourth-year UVA student Angeli Mendoza is smiling again after a weekend of worry.

“Two days seems like a lot longer in that situation,” she said.

A 2 a.m. text Monday delivered the news she was waiting for.

“I heard that my dad was OK, my grandparents are OK,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza's family members live around Tacloban. Friday's typhoon barreled directly through the city.

“The first thing I wanted to do was go over there,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza is doing what she can from Charlottesville to support survivors in her family's country.

“It's really a matter of just getting help and knowing that people out there really do want to help others,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza and members of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans are putting together a fundraising campaign.

“Being born in the Philippines, I never thought it would be that bad,” said Edric San Miguel, OYFA vice president. "That's why we want to take the steps necessary to help these people and provide that aid." 

The student group is collecting donations online for the Philippine Red Cross and reaching out to Charlottesville businesses to offer aid. Food, water, and medicine are in short supply.

“Whatever we can give, whatever the community can give, we will gladly accept. Every penny counts,” said San Miguel.

The students will be collecting donations at their fall symposium featuring Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete this Thursday. For more information about the fall symposium and how you can help, click here.

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