Operation Tulong 2 in Tampa, Florida brought out many to help the typhoon survivors. On Saturday night, the local community and the public stepped up with $35,000 in donations for the Haiyan (Yolanda)’s victims. Lucy Bautista, one of the organizers of PCF’s Operation Tulong 2, said the goal was to raise $20,000 and the money raised Saturday surpassed their goal by 75 percent. Bautista says the money raised will be split between 2 non-profits highly trusted by Filipinos here and internationally, including the Filipino television channel, to help the typhoon survivors.
The Philippine Cultural Foundation in Tampa estimates there are 20,000 Filipino-Americans in the Tampa Bay area.
Update and Correction: Sept. 3, 2014
Shev Lira, who returned to the Philippines to look for her family after Typhoon Haiyan, says she does not golf and is not a golfer, as previously reported.
Lira confirmed the PCF’s fundraising made it to the typhoon victims.
“Other victims still in bad condition. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find family until now,” wrote Lira in an email on Sept. 3, 2014.
Haiyan (“Typhoon Yolanda” in the Philippines) was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and Southeast Asia on November 8, 2013 and caused massive destruction.