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Local group looking to help typhoon survivors

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By: Bill Schammert

The numbers are hard to fathom, more than 10,000 feared dead after the devastation of typhoon Haiyan; the entire Philippines looking to the outside world for help.

Now, one Lincoln organization is hoping to do its part.

Becky Snedeker is the executive director of the Lincoln chapter of Kids Against Hunger.  She says each of their food packets contain 21 essential vitamins and minerals, and cost just 23-cents to make.  Still, they need outside help.  

She says with a $62 donation and two hours of volunteer time, workers can provide nourishment for 270 children and their families.

"We're also looking for donors to come forth, maybe they can't package or volunteer, but they can sponsor a session," Snedeker said.

Already one pallet is loaded and ready to ship on the Orphan Grain Train to the Philippines.  Each pallet contains roughly 7,200 meals, and Snedeker says, their goal is to ship out at least ten pallets by the end of this weekend.

Hopefully, saving the lives of families in the process.

"Children are far more at risk of starvation and death because of hunger-related illnesses.  They're bodies are growing and they need nutrition," Snedeker said.

With nearly 11-million people affected across the Pacific, the donation looks to give strength to thousands of children and families piecing their lives back together.

If you'd like to help, here are the donation and volunteer times already set-up:

Wednesday, 11/13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/15, 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11/17, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The address:

Kids Against Hunger
2316 Kimarra Plaza
Lincoln, NE 68521

To set up special times for a large group or organization, you can reach Becky Snedeker at:

Phone: (402) 250-6214
E-mail: becky@kahlincoln.org

More information can be found at their website, just click here.

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