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Published November 16, 2013, 08:49 PM

Local Filipino-American community is trying to help the Philippines

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines leaving thousands dead...and million more in need of food and water.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines leaving thousands dead...and million more in need of food and water.

That's why our local Filipino-American community is asking for your help.

The central Philippines were completely destroyed. Some of the towns wiped off the map. And it could take years to rebuild. Here at the Hjemkomst Center, people are proving that you don't have to be from the Philippines to help out.

"Just wanted to come out and support them."

It's hard to imagine the hurt standing in a room full of friends family and 300 pounds of food.

But despite the distance, the pain of the destruction is closer than you might think.

"it was good to hear her family was not affected. They're in the manilla area."

Mindy is a native here...her sister in law is not.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Ailen Hauger knows the nature of a nasty Typhoon.

And when it hit - so did her worry.

Ailen Hauger/Philippine Native: "after that I still worry because I could get a hold of my mom. I couldn't, her phone is not ringing. There's no connection, I couldn't talk to her."

It was nearly five days before Ailen heard her mother’s voice, assuring her she was okay.

Even after learning her family was fine - it was the devastation of her home country which pushed her to the Hjemkomst.

Hauger: "I'm glad they have an open heart."

The Philippines may seem a world away.

So for a second, think back and imagine,

Mindy Wadholm/Ties to the Philippines: "The flood of 97...the whole town was affected. Then to have the whole country affected like that, it's unreal."

The hurt may not compare to the thousands suffering now.

But the actions of what we do here could dramatically help what ends up happening there.

Hauger: "It's going to take a long time to recover. It's going to be like a few years. Maybe ten years even. Cause the whole town is gone. It's like there's nothing left."

More than 400 people showed up for the benefit today, raising nearly $12,000

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