SoCal typhoon aid donors give big, but keep quiet

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 14, 2013

Some FilAms are concerned that their typhoon donations might go the way of the pork barrel funds, but this fear does not stop many good samaritans from trying to help.

They see the suffering on TV and they immediately open their hearts and wallets.

In just two days, Cherry’s Salon in West Covina, one of many small Filipino businesses that partnered with ABS-CBN Foundation International in donation collection, was able to collect about $3,000. The biggest givers wanted to remain anonymous.

“They are the most generous ones,” beauty salon owner Cherry Ordonez said. “They want to keep it quiet and don’t what their names mentioned. Our TV is on to watch, to be updated. So a lot of them, while we’re doing their hair and make-up, they’re touched by what happened. So out of their kindness they also give.”

It’s the same thing that motivates a group of Filipino car enthusiasts who will also hold a fundraiser in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. this weekend. Even without relatives directly affected by the typhoon, they jumped at the chance to help.

“Fortunately, my family is in Manila,” Jeremiah Santos said. “But you know what—Filipinos are Filipinos. We need to help each other out. That is really the message out there.”

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