Tracy Talks: Typhoon destruction brings out local givers
by Anne Marie Fuller
Nov 22, 2013 | 3367 views | 1 1 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Many of us have been following the reports coming in on the mass destruction and extreme loss of life due to the typhoon that hit the Philippines on Nov. 8. The pictures are truly heartbreaking. I cannot begin to understand the hardship survivors are facing.

For some local community members who have relatives affected by Typhoon Haiyan, including Mountain House resident Trisha Mae Coyoca, the disaster hits home.

“My family comes from the Philippines, and we were just there over the summer,” Coyoca said. “Many of their homes and farmland were destroyed. You see the newscasts and the devastation and it’s hard to see.”

Local efforts are being made to collect supplies for victims of the typhoon. Mountain House Youth Basketball is accepting donations during its Saturday game days at Questa School, 685 N. Montebello St.

A table will be set up in the gym from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 23, and the first three Saturdays in December.

All donations will be collected weekly and given to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns’ Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan.

“I think this is a great way to help get needed supplies,” Coyoca said. “Having people come together and seeing the support for family and friends has been overwhelming. Every donation helps.”

The group is asking for first-aid kits, solar lamps, clothing, canned food, beef jerky and boxes.

• Anne Marie Fuller, National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation and Mrs. California BOTN, is the host of the television show “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie.” Contact her at

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November 22, 2013
When sending your aid to Haiti, please do not forget our Midwest just got hit with a devastating tornado. Many areas were flattened just like Haiti and need our help also. The Salvation Army is accepting donations online at or by mail: The Salvation Army-Disaster Relief, 401 NE Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61603 (please make checks payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly marked "November Tornado Relief")

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