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Update from the Philippines

Editor’s Note:  Here is an update on a story published last month (http://news.keuka.edu/featured-story/student-devasted-by-news-of-typhoon-asks-for-prayers) on Vanessa Coy, a senior from Wellsville and native of the Philippines. Some members of Coy’s family “lost everything” as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.

Vanessa Coy

When last we talked with Vanessa Coy, she had not spoken with her relatives in the Philippines.

Since then, she has.

“My mom and I were just talking on Skype with my aunt and uncle in Manila and everything is alright so far,” she said. “They received the money we sent them and they started building a new home. They are still relying on food boxes provided by the U.S. Only a select few can receive them; it is on a first-come, first-served kind of thing. The food boxes [contain] 10 pounds of rice, canned peas and carrots, and canned tuna [as well as] paper plates, plastic forks and spoons, a can opener, and three water bottles.”

Her aunt and uncle reported that looting remains a problem in Manila.

“My aunt told me that she had to build a gate around their property because people were trying to steal their supplies and food,” explained Coy.

Coy said “there is still a lot to be done around Manila because there is a lot of cleaning up to do…  garbage, sewer, and debris.”

Added Coy: “I want to thank everyone who has been praying for the Philippines and those who have took the time to donate.”

The Center for Spiritual Life is leading a Keuka College drive to raise funds for the Philippines through ShelterBox USA (http://shelterboxusa.org). ShelterBox is an international organization that “responds instantly after natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.”

A complete box costs $1,000 “but we will donate whatever funds we raise,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain.

Donations (cash or check) may be dropped off in the Center for Spiritual Life (Dahlstrom  13). Checks should be made payable  to “Keuka College” (indicate Shelter Box – Philippines in the memo line).

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