Calgary chapter of Samaritan's Purse readies care packages for typhoon ravaged Philippines (November 11, 2013)

Written by Jenna McMurray

Published by Calgary Sun on Monday, November 11, 2013

Thousands of care packages from Calgary will be en route to the Philippines this week to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Dozens of Samaritan’s Purse volunteers gathered Monday to put together 6,000 hygiene kits with items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste to send overseas to survivors of the devastating storm swept that through, killing an estimated 10,000 people.

“It may seem fairly trivial, but ... hygiene is of the utmost importance,” said Jeff Adams with Samaritan’s Purse in Calgary.

The supplies will be shipped off in the next day or two, he said.

“(The need) is enormous,” said Adams.

“The biggest challenge is finding roads you can travel on.”

Samaritan’s Purse currently has a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) of 10 people from around the world on the ground in the Philippines and plans to send an additional eight people — three of whom are Canadian — in the coming days, said Adams.

The team will provide important information about the situation and what specific items and services are most needed.

“We’ll continue to rely on our team over there to update us on need and they’ll identify the areas we can move into,” said Adams, adding at the moment, supplies that can be sourced regionally are the organization’s choice in most cases because they can often be purchased for less money and delivered faster.

The best way to support the organization’s efforts, for those who are interested, is to donate money so more supplies can be purchased, said Adams.

To make a donation, visit samaritanspurse.ca or call 1-800-663-6500.

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