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Typhoon Haiyan Victims To Receive Aid From Sister Cities Program

Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left literally millions of Filipinos without basic necessities, like food, water or shelter. As the official death toll climbs past 4,000, international organizations like the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF and World Vision are accepting donations to buy supplies for the victims.

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Typhoon Haiyan DevastationLocal nonprofit, the Santa Clarita Valley International Program is also raising money, specifically to help the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City, capital of the hardest-hit Leyte Province.

SCVIP is also sending donations to the ABS-CBN Foundation, the public service arm of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, according to their website.

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Tess Simgen, SCVIP boardmember and administrative analyst for the city of Santa Clarita, said that she expects the hospital and foundation will use the money to buy medical supplies, water and food, like rice or canned goods.

“The foundation knows what the specific needs of the people are,” she said.

Right now, SCVIP is accepting donations by mail or in person only.

Mail a check to:

Santa Clarita Valley International Program
c/o the City of Santa Clarita
Attn: Tess Simgen
23920 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 120
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Checks or cash donations can also be dropped off at Suite 120 in City Hall on Valencia Boulevard.

Typhoon Haiyan DevastationAbout the Santa Clarita Valley International Program

SCVIP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect globally by focusing on the development of sister city relationships and projects that promote mutually beneficial strategic alliances and international goodwill between the people of Santa Clarita and people of international cities/countries.

Santa Clarita has two sister cities, one of which is Sariaya in the Philippines.

Sister City relationships mean opportunities for learning and economic growth for the Santa Clarita Valley.The breaking of cultural barriers, partnerships in business and education, cooperative problem solving and strategic alliances will benefit both the community in the Santa Clarita Valley and those communities abroad whom Santa Clarita has established partnerships.

For information, call 661-286-4157, email, or click here.

NBC Los Angeles and SCV News contributed to this report.

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Typhoon Haiyan Victims To Receive Aid From Sister Cities Program

Article: Typhoon Haiyan Victims To Receive Aid From Sister Cities Program
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Allison Pari