Chicago-area relief efforts planned for typhoon survivors

Chicago's Filipino community has organized efforts to send aid to typhoon survivors Thursday.
November 14, 2013 8:32:33 PM PST
As Chicago's Filipino community has organized efforts to send aid to typhoon survivors, a doctor at Northwestern Hospital will head to the Philippines Friday.

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Doctor Rahul Khare joins a U.S. medical team heading to the typhoon disaster area.

The doctor's bags are packed and he'll be heading to one of the hardest hit areas, where he says infections and dehydration will be among the most common problems they'll be treating.

"If we can put in an IV to a baby, a newborn, that's very dehydrated, you can actually save for a full recovery," said Dr. Khare.

And on Thursday night, there's been a setback for a Chicago organization trying to send supplies to the Philippines.

The Rizal Center says a plane scheduled to fly those items overseas on Friday is not available and they're looking for an alternative.

As the donations poured in, volunteers madly sorted, stacked and shipped out boxes of clothing, shoes and sheltering supplies.

The Rizal Center in Lakeview has stopped taking most gifts, but accepted donations in kind, such as shipping containers that will arrive in the disaster zone in December 2014.

In the Southwest suburbs the Filipino community crated more shoes and long lost mementoes of another kind of marathon for delivery by missionaries on the ground that the church supports.

The best way for the public to help right now, organizers say, is to donate cash.

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