Day of Prayer in South Florida for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

See how you can help below.

By Laura Rodriguez
|  Sunday, Nov 10, 2013  |  Updated 6:30 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A group of local Filipinos gathered together for a day of prayer. They are more than 9,000 miles away from loved ones affected by Typhoon Haiyan. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

A group of local Filipinos gathered together for a day of prayer. They are more than 9,000 miles away from loved ones affected by Typhoon Haiyan. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

A group of local Filipinos gathered Sunday for a day of prayer for those in the Philippines. They are more than 9,000 miles away from loved ones affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

"If I was there I would definitely volunteer and try to help, but right now all we can do is pray," said Jessa Dhanasar, a local Filipina.

Jessa's mother lives in the Philippines, but her city did not sustain heavy damage. Vicky Canonigo, however, has good friends in Leyte Island, the hardest hit region.

"By looking at the news I already cried, because we cannot communicate with them," Canonigo said.

The typhoon is one of the most powerful storms recorded in history. It's wiped out entire towns and communication is very limited.

"We have not heard from [our cousins] because I cannot communicate," said Adilberta Tajale.

The tight-knit Filipino community in South Florida has been watching news of the devastation all week, and social media has also kept them informed.

"I look at my Facebook almost all the time because my friends are still trying to find help, like they are trying to see if their families are okay," Dhanasar said.

Members of this prayer group had already been collecting donations for victims of an earthquake that hit the Philippines in October. Now they say they'll have to expedite that shipment.

"I guess we'll have to push it to send it right away," Lyn Tajale said.

For more information on relief efforts, click here.

More on NBC6.com:

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out