Students raise money for typhoon relief
Gresham students from St. Therese School and Dexter McCarty Middle School are rallying to help families in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The powerful storm struck the southern Philippines Friday, Nov. 8, killing more than 5,200 people and leaving thousands injured and missing.
After looking at aerial pictures of the devastation, 23 students in Jackie Brockas kindergarten class at St. Therese School brought in their piggy banks, allowances and change, raising more than $300 within a week.
Students also filled an entire box with toothbrushes, tooth paste and soap for LBC Express, a company aiding with typhoon relief.
We have a large Filipino community here at St. Therese and the impact of the storm is felt around our school, Brocka said. One of our favorite songs at church is called Never Too Young and the message definitely resonated this week.
Meanwhile, at Dexter McCarty, students participated in a text-in to Red Cross this week, raising $1,271 for the national and Cascades branches of the disaster relief organization.
Students texted Redcross to a number, with $10 donated via their phone bill. Students also could bring in cash donations.
In return, students who donated had the privilege of using school or personal technology, such as iPads, during their recess.
Cindy Silveira, chief development officer of the Oregon Region of the American Red Cross, told students at a lunch presentation the money would help deliver supplies to the Philippines.
It also will help aid tornado victims in the Midwest and help Oregon families who have been displaced by a fire or natural disaster.
Its you guys who make this possible, Silveira told students.
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