Relief drive held in San Bruno to help typhoon victims


There were lots of supportive horn honks along El Camino Real, but even better were those like San Francisco Jennifer Castro who stopped to give.

"To help people in general," Castro said. "But to help, you know, our fellow Filipinos. It just feels good to. And, for like the earthquake they suffered through and now the typhoon. I just really wanted to come out and help a little bit."

Car after car, help arrived. This relief effort collected cash and food donations for the victims of the super typhoon, a disaster that's devastated the Philippines.

"Sad to see the tragedies they're going through," San Bruno resident Larry Peterson said. "So, whatever we can do to help, even if it's just a little, hopefully it'll help."

This effort was sparked by Project PEARLS, a group that helps underprivileged kids in the Philippines. Now that relief mission has no boundaries.

"That's how Filipinos are, I think," said Jennifer Cortes with Project PEARLS. "We just try our best to help everyone, especially those in need, and we try to support them as best we can."

Ceci Docene is volunteering, but is also worried sick about her parents who were vacationing in the storm ravaged area.

"As of now, we've gotten a call from a friend of a friend and supposedly they're okay," Docene said. "I haven't talked to my parents, you know, themselves, but we're praying they're all good."

Not far away, prayers for the victims at the First Filipino-American United Church of Christ.

"We know they are suffering," church member Lina Alfonso said. "There's no food they don't have houses, there are some whose family members passed away without even saying goodbye to them."

At the end of the service a simple green basket was used to collect donations for the victims. And as Amazing Grace played, every member of this church took time to give.

The church says it will continue to collect donations through the month.

In the meantime, the relief drive by Project PEARLS collected 47 boxes of food and $1,600 in donations.


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