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Nov 11, 2013 11:21 PM by Steven Albritton

Filipino Association of Acadiana Looking To Help Families After Massive Typhoon

Super Typhoon Haiyan is reported to have possibly claimed at least 10,000 lives in the Philippines. The storm hit Friday with winds of almost 200 miles per hour, leaving a trail of destruction behind it. Filipino families here in Acadiana could only watch and wait as the storm tore through the country.

"Just looking at the devastation of those pictures, a lot of us in south Louisiana have seen that before. It's just the not knowing as far as the communications," Filipino Association of Acadiana President Mike Saunders said.

"If you see the news, all the electric is gone and the highway all, everything is gone," Joann De la Cruz Simmons said.

"I'm thankful there's no fatalities within my relatives, but the house where my mom grew it's gone," Cris Landry said.

Now, Acadiana is stepping up to help the Philippines recover from possibly the most powerful storm ever recorded. Around 400 Filipino families are living in Acadiana many with family in the Philippines. The Filipino Association of Acadiana is raising money to send to the relief effort and they're hoping Acadiana will join in the cause.

"In fact, while we were setting up, we had our very first donation from a customer here. So, it's very heart warming and makes everybody feel a little bit better seeing everybody caring." Saunders said.

The Mabuhay Restaurant off of Verot School Road will donate 100% of its profits to the relief effort on Thursday, November 14th.

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