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November 17, 2013

Local agencies respond with aid


That staffer will help coordinate CWS response there.

To donate, go online to www.cwsglobal.org/haiyan.

Feed The Children

Feed the Children, headquartered in Oklahoma City, with a warehouse in Elkhart, has had an office in the Philippines for 25 years.

“Our programs that we run there impact about 200,000 children throughout the year,” said Mark Opgrande, public relations manager for the organization. “What we are doing right now, we have about three relief teams from headquarters in the Philippines and they have a mobile kitchen. So they are serving hot food — targeting about 3,000 people a day. Right now we’re also trying to find out what kinds of items they need. A lot of it’s going to be shelter.”

So Feed the Children staffers are purchasing tents from nearby countries and shipping them in.

Opgrande said if people want to help, the best thing to do is to donate money by going through Feed the Children’s website feedthechildren.org/typhoon.

Feed the Children has workers in 31 provinces, including the central area where the super typhoon struck.

Opgrande said Feed the Children operates a child development center, where families are fed, on Bantayan Island. Staff are trying to get to it. What they do know is that all the facilities on the island were wiped out.

Feed the Children workers will go to areas where the organization has a center and then work out from there “feeding all the people we can,” he said.

To donate, go online or phone 800-627-4556.

Feed The Hungry

Another local agency that is providing relief is Feed the Hungry, part of LeSea Ministries in South Bend.

The ministry set a goal of raising enough money to feed 1 million people.

The donations amount to: For every $40 donated, 1,000 meals were provided; $100, 2,500 meals; $200, 5,000 meals and $1,000, 25,000 meals.

To donate go online to www.feedthehungry.org.

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