OMAHA(KPTM)-Many in the Philippine Islands are still without food, water or shelter in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which is being called one of the most powerful storms in history. While relief efforts continue in Tacloban, one Omaha woman remembers the city where she grew up and prays her family survived the storm.
Despite the festive Christmas decorations brightening up their home, the tone is somber for the Rose family of Omaha. "I want them to respond and say 'I'm here. I'm okay.'" said Lileth Rose who has been trying for days to reach her siblings who live in a town located along Typhoon Haiyan's path of destruction. " I've been trying to call them. I'm texting them and I get no response. I've emailed and nobody answered," she said.
Rose says all she's seen of her hometown in recent days has shown the terrible destruction and thousands of deaths the typhoon left behind. "What happened over there right now is so devastating. To look at the people lying down without any place to put them in the ground. They don't even have a bag to put them in," said Rose.
While Lileth looks at photos of her relatives, praying that they're all right, her husband of thirty years talks about a plan to help those who have little left. Daryl Rose, who is also a veteran, spent the day looking into ways to raise money and collect goods for those who survived the typhoon only to lose everything else. "It makes sense for us to step up and try to do what we can here locally to raise money, raise funds and get the necessary supplies over there that they need," he said.
Rose is organizing the fundraising effort through a group he formed to support his wife and the Filipino community called the Filipino-American Organization of Metro Omaha.
To help out or learn more about the organization log on to www.filamomaha.org
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