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Local Response Group Calls for Help Following Typhoon Hiayan

Convoy of Hope Co-Founder, Dave Donaldson, brought Evangel University up to speed on their efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Dave Donaldson speaking at Evangel University
Dave Donaldson speaking at Evangel University/ Photo Credit: Paul K. Logsdon

Convoy of Hope Co-Founder Dave Donaldson  brought Evangel University up to speed on their efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers was there and has this report.

Donaldson said members of the local faith-based nonprofit, which assists in disaster response, are currently in route to the Philippines to join their team that is already in place.

“Gratefully we already had containers in route to the Philippines before the typhoon struck and we have a resource center their and teams. So we just need the financial resources given though Convoyofhope.org,” said Donaldson.

According to the United Nations, over 600,000 people have been displaced from their homes since the tropical storm hit shores last Thursday. Thousands are feared dead.

Donaldson hopes the information session can spur a positive response.

“We used this as an opportunity to educate and challenge the students to participate in the relief efforts there,” said Donaldson.

Convoy of Hope, founded by Evangel graduates Dave, Hal, and Steve Donaldson in 1994, has a longstanding relationship with the school, boasts Director of Public Relations Paul Logsdon.

“As a result, our students have been actively involved for years. Every Tuesday night a group of students goes to Convoy of Hope and helps with whatever project they are currently working on,” said Logsdon.

That Tuesday night program is called Hands of Hope and it is also open to the general public.

Donaldson said right now Convoy is  taking donations for water, canned food and medical supplies, but the greatest need is financial.

You can make a quick donation to the relief efforts in the Philippines by texting Convoy to 50555.

For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers.