PCC took part in the Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief Donation Drive on Thursday at the Rose Bowl designed to collect donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines and killed thousands earlier this month.
Members of the community were encouraged to donate canned goods, clothing, toys, toiletries and any items that might benefit disaster victims.
‘We’ve been unpacking bag after bag, sorting clothes constantly. It’s been a really huge turnout the community has been very generous,” said Michael Ihrig of the PCC Public Relations Web Office.
The event was a partnership with the city of Pasadena, Filipino American Television (FILAMTV), The Pasadena Seventh Day Adventist Pathways Club and the American Red Cross among others.
“It’s so heartwarming to see the response from the community to meet the needs of the victims as they try to rebuild their lives,” said Resa Recalde of the Pasadena Seventh Day Adventist Pathways Club.
The American Red Cross was on hand collecting monetary donations for the victims.
“We’ve seen a great response, the local community is always supportive. We’ve seen a lot of people bringing clothes and other goods and we are here collecting any cash or credit card donations to be sent along with it,” said Rachelle Gayl, Director of Development for the Red Cross in San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.
Jamielee Paca, a producer and host at FILAMTV, helped coordinate the event.
“It’s not just individuals, but corporations, organizations and establishments that have gathered their groups together to donate not just small things, but truck fulls of items that the victims can use,” said Paca.
“To see not only Filipinos but also those that are not Filipinos supporting the Philippines is such a humbling experience,” she said.
Those who still want to donate are encouraged to contact their local chapter of the American Red Cross for monetary donations.
FILAMTV will also be collecting item donations for months to come at their studio located in Pasadena.