American Red Cross asks for open wallets to help Philippine typhoon relief

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Typhoon Haiyan swept the central Philippines Friday, affecting 4.3 million people and leaving an estimated 330,000 people homeless. The American Red Cross is sending help, and asking American's to open their wallets to aid in the relief efforts.

According to a statement, Philippine Red Cross volunteers across the affected region report significant damage, and a growing death toll. Typhoon winds reportedly reached 145 miles per hour, and Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year.

The American Red Cross said in its statement that it has deployed two disaster relief specialists to assist in the assessment and relief efforts, and two telecommunication specialists.

If you or someone you know is looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, keep trying because many phone lines are down. You can also contact your local  chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case by calling 843-477-0020.

People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to, or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. You can also mail in a donation to 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

To put together a corporate or larger community fundraising event, contact the local chapter at 843-477-0020.

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