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Alaskans reach out to help typhoon victims

By Lauren Maxwell 2:37 AM November 12, 2013

Many people are willing to help, but don’t know how

ANCHORAGE – The disaster in the Philippines has touched many Alaskans, from those who want to help to those who have family on the islands.

Orlando Paraoan is an Anchorage resident who says it’s been tough getting information about friends and loved ones.

“That is the hardest part right now, because as much as we want to help or contact our relatives and friends back home, there’s no way,” Paraoan said.

Paraoan is a member of several Anchorage Filipino organizations that have been fundraising for victims in the Philippines; first to help after a devastating earthquake, now for the typhoon that killed thousands. He says his own community will continue to give generously, but they are also reaching out.

“I have a lot of friends, caucasian friends and even Asian friends that I have talked to that are all willing to help, they just don’t know how,” Paraoan said.

Starting Tuesday morning, people can give at two local Kaladi Brothers locations: Brayton Drive and New Sagaya. The coffee shops are accepting cash as well as non-perishable items for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Non-perishable items can include just about everything, according to organizers of the drive.
People need raincoats, pots and pans, children’s clothing or household items for those who truly have nothing. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on Wisconsin Drive is accepting those donations, and a local shipping company has agreed to send them to the Philippines for free.

Click here for a list of organizations where Alaskans can donate online.

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