The Filipino-American Club at SSU (FAASSU), as well as campus staff, are mounting an effort to generate donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan aka Yolanda that last week devastated much of the country.
FAASSU is hosting an open mic fundraiser at 7 -10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Extreme Pizza, 1728 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Twenty per cent of the donations will be donated to the National Assoc. for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).
Karen Pennrich of Seawolf Services, president of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), has organized a donation box in Salazar hallway and on the second floor.
Donations to help "kababayan" (family, friends) can include:
Canned or dry foods, baby food, water, medicine (Acetaminophen-infant and child formulation, Ibuprofen-infant and child formulation, anti diarrhea, multi-vitamin, formula, thermometers (that don't need sterilization for forehead and temple), toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, toilet paper, ladies' hygiene products, diapers, vitamins), warm weather clothes, or shoes (such as flip-flops or sandals).
Local companies have generously offered to ship the boxes filled with donations to the Philippines for free by Nov. 22 so Pennrich and her colleagues are rushing to meet that deadline.
On-line donations can be made to http://nafconusa.org/ (National Assoc for Filipino Concerns), They are tax-deductible. The Red Cross, Oxfam, Unicef, UN World Food Program are also accepting donations.
ABOVE, SSU staff and students working to generate donations from the campus to the Filipino victims of the super typhoon include Flori Cabergas, Kirsten LaForga, Paolo Ochoa, (FAASSU President), and Karen Pennrich, (FANHS President).