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Roper St. Francis to aid in Philippines disaster relief

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013

Roper St. Francis will donate $10,000 to Red Cross relief work in the Philippines while calling on its teammates and other community members to also participate in aid efforts.

“We, as an organization, are going to help in the relief efforts,” said RSF vice president of mission Mark Dickson. “This is the most direct form of aid, and it’s immediate.”

Dickson said aside from its corporate donation, RSF is encouraging its 5,200 teammates to visit www.redcross.org, where a portal has been set up to receive support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, or to the church, charity or civic group of their choice.

Nenette Borja, a clinical nurse manager at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, is a native Filipino who came to the U.S. as a 19-year-old in 1976. Today, she manages 21 Filipinos across her three nursing units at the West Ashley facility.

“Watching TV with my husband last night, we both said, “Oh, gosh, these people have nothing,” Borja said.

Neither Borja nor her staff hails from the Filipino city of Tacloban, which was largely eviscerated by Haiyan and where the fate of thousands remains unknown.

While its destruction has yet to be fully quantified, the death toll of the storm, which registered winds of 195 mph, has already surpassed 10,000. On Tuesday, the U.S. government was hurriedly preparing ships and aircraft loaded with humanitarian assistance for the island nation, while the United Nations has sent out a call for $301 million in aid.

To get involved with the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort, visit www.redcross.org.

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