The Filipino community in Juneau will forego their traditional Thanksgiving dinner and will instead hold a dinner to benefit those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The super typhoon devastated areas of the Philippines Friday and left several thousand people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
Filipino Community Inc. President Dante Reyes said the community organization has canceled its free Thanksgiving Day meal after the organization held an emergency meeting on Saturday and decided to send the money budgeted for the yearly event, about $3,000, to the Philippines.
Still, there will be turkey.
The organization has planned a Thanksgiving benefit dinner for Nov. 23. Volunteers will serve traditional American and Filipino dishes. Proceeds from the dinner will also be sent to the Philippines for relief efforts.
Reyes said he hasn’t heard of any casualties from Juneau’s Filipino community, but he does know many families who lost their homes or farms in the typhoon.
“I talked to my family and they were fine,” Reyes said. “Of course, some crops and plants were destroyed and some animals were taken away by strong winds. There are some areas in the Philippines where roads are not passable because of the typhoon.”
Volunteers are welcome to help at the dinner. Reyes said the organization would only be sending cash donations, not clothing or other goods.
If you go:
Thanksgiving fundraiser dinner for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan
You can attend the dinner or send donation checks to the Filipino Community Hall at 251 Franklin St., Juneau, AK 99801.
The dinner will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The cost for the dinner will be $5 for children 12 and under, $15 for an adult and $25 for a couple.
You can contact president Dante Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-321-6235 for more information on how to donate or volunteer.
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