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LDS Church continues relief efforts in the Philippines

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CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has mobilized enough relief effort in one day for 10,000 people, but hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced and in need of aid.

As the rain fell over the Philippines this week, members of five LDS stakes rushed to assemble relief supplies. They carried in bags of food, all designated for towns that still don't have power or food.

Trucks were loaded with rice, blankets and cooking kits that volunteers assembled on site.

The mobilization effort by the LDS Church in the Philippines is greatly needed with the amount of people still without basic necessities.

"They have nothing at all there, we understand. And so many are still suffering. In fact, this is not enough. We might be able to help 10,000 at this time — there are still hundreds of thousands more," said Jairus Perez, disaster response project manager for the LDS Church in the Philippines.

One family who was volunteering lost their home because of the typhoon, yet they were putting together relief packages for those who needed help more.

"Whatever we can do to help them, even give that little light of hope that they need at this time, that there's still an opportunity for them to stand up," Perez said.


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