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Help for Philippines Coming from Kentuckians

redcross phil 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (11/13/13) – It may be thousands of miles away, but people in Kentucky and across the nation are asking how they can help victims of the super typhoon that ravaged the Philippines.

The Bluegrass Region of the American Red Cross has the answer. Winn Stephens is the chief development officer of the Kentucky chapter. He said the organization is accepting donations via their website, through mail and over the phone.

“In the United States, and in Kentucky, we really, compared to the rest of the world, live in great abundance,” said Stephens. “We are blessed with a really good infrastructure, and an opportunity to make salaries and earn wages that most of the world doesn't comprehend. If folks feel like that have an opportunity to share a little bit with those who are hurting, then this would be a great time.”

Stephens added that the International Federation of the Red Cross is currently seeking $78 million dollars to assist more than 500,000 people hurt or have lost their homes. That number is almost twice the population of Lexington.

He added an additional six to 11 million people have lost power or are dealing with water and food shortages.

“It's a massive, massive response,” said Stephens. “You don't hear the words 'one of the strongest storms in world history' very often. When you think about that, it's pretty unbelievable.”

Stephens said they are only asking for monetary gifts. He said items such as water bottles, canned goods and clothing are being donated from regions closer to the areas of impact, adding that the logistics and costs of sending in-kind gifts are too large for them to get all the way to the Philippines.

To donate online, you can visit the Bluegrass Region of the American Red Cross website by clicking here. Or, Stephens said you can go directly to redcross.org. Gifts can also be made via phone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Checks can be mailed to their local headquarters at 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Ky. 40511.

Apple is also giving iTunes users a chance to donate to the relief efforts. Users can donate through a link in the iTunes store. One hundred percent of those donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Social media users can also donate from their Facebook accounts. A banner at the top of users' Facebook timeline provides a link to immediately donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

David Gillum
SurfKY News
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