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article imageFil-Am store owner in Dunbury CT collects aid for typhoon victims

By Leo Reyes     Nov 27, 2013 in Environment
Danbury - A civic-minded Filipino-American based in Danbury, Connecticut has rallied the Filipino community in the city to show their concern for the helpless victims of Typhoon Haiyan, a deadly typhoon that killed more than 5,000 people in central Philippines.
Herbert Cledera, who owns H&K Filipino Variety Store in Danbury and close family friend Ely Reyes, Jr. have gathered at least 200 balikbayan boxes containing easy open canned goods which they shipped to the Philippines Tuesday.
Aside from the usual boxes filled with relief goods for the typhoon victims in central Philippines, they also sent 50 sacks of rice of 50 pounds each.
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Phl), carrying a wind speed of over 300 kph flattened Tacloban City in Leyte and pummeled Samar and neighboring provinces in central Philippines last Nov. 8.
The first in a series of landfalls of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Phl) took its toll on the fishing town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar in central Philippines, turning the historic town into a pile of rubble with very few structures left standing. Read more:
The extent of devastation has prompted the international community led by the US, UK, Australia and Japan to send air and naval support to help in the relief and recovery efforts for the typhoon victims.
Food, medical and other relief items have poured in the devastated areas coming from friendly countries around the world.
Businessman Herbert Cledera with Jun Reyes preparing relief goods for shipment to Philippine typhoon...
Businessman Herbert Cledera with Jun Reyes preparing relief goods for shipment to Philippine typhoon victims
Jun Reyes
Filipino communities in the US, UK and other parts of the world have bonded together to collect food items, blankets, clothes and other items that are useful in the affected areas as water and power have been knocked down by the killer typhoon.
The effort of the Filipino community in many parts of the world was replicated in Danbury. Connecticut with the able leadership of Cledera, who owns the only Filipino store in Danbury.
"This is for my customers who always come to the store," Cledera said Saturday. "I am an agent of LBC, the courier company that regularly transports boxes of supplies to families of my customers. They gave me a deal to ship as many boxes as possible free of charge up to Nov. 21," said Cledera.
"Yesterday aside from the usual boxes of goods we were also able to secure and send about 200 boxes of easy open canned goods and about 50 pcs of 50 pound sacks of rice." Reyes told Digital Journal Tuesday.
Reyes, whose wife Freida, is a nurse in one of the hospitals in the city, said many people answered their call.
Jun Reyes and friends packing relief goods for Philippine typhoon victims
Jun Reyes and friends packing relief goods for Philippine typhoon victims
Jun Reyes
'We were busy going about asking for goods from offices, churches, schools, and many individuals who all answered our call for help. We would then gather in the afternoon to late evening packing all that we could in balikbayan boxes.' Reyes added.
"We soon ran out of boxes and had to buy but luckily Home Depot donated a lot of boxes and people came bringing boxes too and so the work continued. People came bringing food and helped with the packing," he said.
According to Reyes, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton promised a big truck to help transport our boxes to LBC in New Jersey.
Cledera and Reyes wish to thank all their friends, neighbors and just about everyone in Danbury who have donated and shown their support for the helpless victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.
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