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Locals lend a helping hand





A Hays resident who was born in the Philippines is collecting donations to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck her country.

The deadly typhoon, which struck the Philippines Nov. 8, had killed 3,621 people as of Friday, with the death toll feared to rise higher. Thousands more have been left homeless.

Susan Gamboa, who was born in the Philippines but has lived in the United States for the last 25 years, said donations for typhoon relief can be dropped off at the Hadley Center all of this week.

"I'm trying to collect non-perishable items, box them up, send them to the Philippines for those stricken areas," said Gamboa, who has lived in Hays since 2001; her husband is a physician at Hays Medical Center.

Typhoon Haiyan is believed to be one of the strongest storms ever recorded, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

"It's very sad, it's heartbreaking," Gamboa said. "I am very sad, very frustrated by the slow reaction of the Philippine government."

For more information on how to donate items, contact Gamboa at (206) 979-2897.

One of the two local Rotary clubs also has provided typhoon relief in the form of a $1,000 shelter box.

The Rotary Club of Hays, which meets at noon Mondays, normally designates funds for one shelter box each year. After learning of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the Rotary club designated funds to be allocated for a second shelter box, to be sent to the Philippines.

"When this typhoon hit, and we read about how many people are homeless, and died, and how families are torn up, the majority of the club supported another one this year," said Greg Sund, with Rotary Club.

ShelterBox USA distributes boxes of aid following natural and other disasters, according to its website, shelterboxusa.org.

Contributions are accepted on the website.