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11/13/2013
Help needed

Thoughts and prayers throughout the community are for the Filipinos who endured Typhoon Haiyan, and their friends and family members who live in Ketchikan and Alaska.

The typhoon, which had wind speeds as high as 196 mph, killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines. No other windstorm has recorded that high, nor had such far-reaching effects. It is estimated that the storm affected 9.7 million people in the Philippines alone.

Ketchikan will help however it can; fundraisers likely will be the most useful. Supporting those fundraisers will be Ketchikan's way of showing it cares.

Already locals affiliated with nation-wide churches have traveled to the Philippines to help. The United States has promised aid, as has the United Nations. World Vision, Unicef, Doctors Without Borders and the American Red Cross all are involved in the response.

All of those nonprofit organizations, as well as most churches, have websites that present opportunities to donate funds to help with the relief in the Philippines. Any excess funds would be used for the next disaster.

But at this time, it's the Philippines and our Filipino friends who need aid. Ketchikan is more than likely to provide it in every way it can.

Funds will be needed, of course, but even a kind word of concern at the appropriate time will make all of the difference. Aside from that, prayer never hurts and will help.