Fil vets celebrate Vets Day by helping Yolanda victims

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 12, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – Even in their old age, these Filipino World War II veterans trudged to the Westbay Pilipino Multi-Service Center in San Francisco yesterday, in an effort to help kababayans in the Philippines, devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

They helped sort canned goods, medicines, baby supplies, ready to be shipped to those who need it most.

“We are calling on our kababayans to help out fellow Filipinos in devastated areas in Leyte, Samar, Cebu and Bohol. They need our help,” Alfredo Carino, a veteran said.

As Filipinos back home struggle to survive the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, Typhoon Zoraida made landfall in the Philippines today. The Philippine National Weather Agency said Zoraida is not a strong storm but it has dumped four inches of rain in some places, holding up desperately needed aid in some devastated areas.

“We need to come together to help them, especially those who have no means to help themselves,” Cirili Calderon, another veteran pointed out.

Relief supplies are slowly beginning to arrive, but much more is needed. Typhoon Yolanda left more than 600,000 people homeless. Many are now desperate for food, water, and medical care.

These aged war heroes said, they chose to celebrate Veterans Day by sending aid to the Philippines, because as true soldiers, they go where help is needed.

Veteran Ceferino Palad concluded, “We need to do this because our countrymen need us now.”

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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