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Local group brings relief to Philippines

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By: Brittany Paris

It's been days since a super typhoon ripped through the Philippines. Thousands are dead and living conditions are dire for survivors.

Right now, relief groups are working hard to get food and supplies to those in need. Make no mistake, the need for food is going to be an ongoing struggle.

Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the country nearly a week ago. Now, countless people are homeless, hungry and thirsty.

Allen More lives in Lincoln, but his fiance is in the Philippines right now.

"I was very worried because I didn't know where it was gonna hit," he said. "You just see the news and it's just, like, covering the whole island of the Philippines. So it was very scary."

More says it was an entire day before he heard from his fiance, saying she and her family were safe.

More, along with 19 other volunteers, gave their time to Kids Against Hunger on Wednesday.

They spent two hours filling bags with rice, dehydrated veggies, crushed soy for protein, and flavoring that has 21 vitamins and minerals in it.

Each bag feeds six people.

"It's a nutritious recipe," Becky Snedeker, Executive Director for Kids Against Hunger, said. "The idea is not only to fill stomachs up, it's to fill stomachs with very nourishing food. And it's going to help maintain the health of the people that are eating it."

Volunteers say they hope to help the Philippines out of this crisis.

"When you're in Lincoln, Nebraska, there's not a lot that you can do if you can't travel," Tom Schindler, Lincoln, said.

"I already sent money to help friends and family," More said. "When I heard this on Channel 8, I thought it was a great way for me to do a little extra help."

But Kids Against Hunger still needs volunteers and donations.

There will be volunteer times at their warehouse on Friday from both 6-8 a.m. and p.m. and also Sunday afternoon from 2-4.

A $62 donation from each volunteer is encouraged.

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