ABS-CBN Foundation International issues urgent appeal for donations to Hurricane Sandy victimsCall made by AFI as thousands of Filipinos in Northeast U.S. reel from impact
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – ABS CBN Foundation International (AFI) makes an official plea today for donations to assist Filipinos in the Northeast United States who were impacted by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
Earlier this week, powerful winds and rains brought by Sandy pummeled said region, resulting in a current death toll of 75, a number that is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered from the wreckage, per U.S. News and World Report and Fox News. Forecasting firm Eqecat also estimated a cost of $20 to $50 billion in economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses.
Staring out as a hurricane that turned into a super storm, Sandy cut a path of destruction that ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina in terms of damage. Filipinos in New York and New Jersey were among those who fled their homes due to floodwaters brought about by the hurricane. A number of them had to be evacuated especially those affected by the floodwaters in Atlantic City, Jersey City, Keansburg, and New Milford in New Jersey as well as Inwood, Long Island, New York. Thousands of Filipinos are among the 1.5 million people who are now without power in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Ohio. An estimated 460,000 Filipinos live in 13 states across the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Urgent donations may be sent to ABS-CBN Foundation International today through the following means:
1. Send a checkSend a check payable to ABS CBN Foundation International. Write "Hurricane Sandy" on the memo section of the check and mail to:
ABS CBN Foundation International150 Shoreline Dr
Redwood City CA 94065Attn: Hurricane Sandy Donations
3. Donate onlineVisit www.abscbnfoundation.org, click on"Donate Now " button and choose "Hurricane Sandy" from the homepage.
For questions or additional information, please call the ABS CBN Foundation Disaster Team at (650) 508-6118.