Afton Organization Collects Donations for Typhoon Survivors in Philippines
Advancing Native Missions
People across Virginia are reaching around the world to help people in the Philippines devastated by the typhoon that hit there. Now, one group in Afton is now asking for your help.
Advancing Native Missions is co-founded by Filipino-Americans who lost loved ones. They have people there distributing food and medical supplies and are asking for help to fight for those who survived.
Advancing Native Missions Co-founder Marlou Barredo grew up in Tacloban with a large family.
“When the flood waters were rising to the roof of the house they had to hold on to dear life,” said Barredo.
Barredo grieves for cousins who died in the typhoon. She also worries about survivors' access to clean water and food.
“My family members who I'm speaking with told me, I ask them, I said, ‘Is there any food that you can buy?’ and she said, ‘Hardly any,'” said Barredo.
So now Barredo is doing what she can with Advancing Native Missions, an organization she co-founded with her husband.
Four million people have been displaced and Advancing Native Missions is hoping to fill 400 to 500 boxes of goods – like medical supplies, soap, canned food, and other items - to send overseas. They have already collected about $60,000 but hope for much more.
“Because of the disaster, there is no transportation. You can't get in or out of cities. so what you can do is you can send funds and they can buy what is available,” said Oliver Asher, CFO of Advancing Native Missions.
For Barredo, knowing her family is experiencing the typhoon's aftermath makes images even more painful to see.
“In the wee hours of the morning, that is all I think about - the pictures of the suffering people and the fate of my relatives and what the future holds for them,” said Barredo.
People who donate food or money will receive a report telling them where their money went. The organization is accepting food and medical supplies at its Afton location and monetary donations online.