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AID EFFORT: Iowa’s Filipinos Raising Money

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Iowa is stepping up to be a part of the massive aid effort in the Philippines.

Roel Campos was born in the Philippines but has lived in Iowa for the last 30 years. “There is no place to go, they`re in shelters that have been battered by the storm, it looked like a bomb hit the place,” Campos described.

The storm has claimed over 1,800 lives so far.

Campos works with the National Federation of Filipino Americans. The organization is working with the local Iowa chapter to help raise money to send to the islands.

The Filipino-American Association of Iowa is holding a fundraiser on November 23rd at St. Francis of Assisi at 7075 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines. The event will run from 6:30-11:00 p.m. and will include food and cultural performances. Donations will be collected to go to the Filipino-American Association of Iowa Helping Hands Funds which goes to relief efforts.

The Red Cross is also lending a hand.

They have reached out to the Filipino community and offered their help through a program called International Tracing, that helps connect missing loved ones.

“If people have family members who are non-US citizens that are unaccounted for we work with our partner Red Cross, so the Philippine Red Cross, to start a case and search for that person in the Philippines in the affected areas,” Red Cross' Dan Cataldi said.

Only monetary donations are being accepted, all food and clothing won't be accepted and can't be shipped to the affected areas.

To donate, log onto or call 1-800-red-cross.

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