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My name is Maria Powell an American, born in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, my Mother’s hometown. Please help me fulfill our goal of serving a hot meal to the people of Balangiga on Christmas day. My Mom was in Balangiga, and is one of the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that devastated the island of Samar and other neighboring islands. She is now safe and back here in the States with immediate family members and grand-children.
We feel that this Christmas the people of Balangiga need a little bit of joy in their lives to lift up their spirits. Currently, there are approximately 3,630+ households (plus evacuees from Tacloban) living in Balangiga. We would like to feed as many people we can…with YOUR help.
I’m personally traveling to Philippines to see this project through. I work for a major airline company and can get to Balangiga at my own expense. This would be the first time that I will spend Christmas away from my husband and my four boys – a small sacrifice, but worth it.
Realizing that this is a HUGE undertaking, I’ve enlisted the support of local organizers and volunteers. Please join us in making this Christmas meal project a reality. We are seeking to create a fund of $8,000 which I will administer personally. 100% of the funds collected will be used to purchase grocery items for the Christmas meal. We will use whatever funds are available for giveaways such as rice, canned goods, etc. Shopping will be done locally.
Number of supporters: 33
Rally Leader: Maria Operario-Schwartz Powell
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