WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Filipino Community Center wants to raise at least $25,000 to help survivors of Friday's flash floods. The call for help will go beyond Hawaii.
The walls of water that tore through two cities in the southern Philippines killed more than 1,000 people and swept away hundreds of homes.
"This is the first time in 30 years that the area has been flooded, and flooded this badly," FilCom Center president Toy Arre said.
His organization is collecting flood relief checks through the end of the month. The money will be sent to the arch bishops of the two Philippine cities ravaged by the flooding.
"We'll tell them to use their judgement in terms of how it's going to be best used for the people that need it," Arre said.
In the hardest hit areas, morgues are too full to admit more bodies, and lack of running water is a major concern.
Local radio station KNDI AM 1270 will broadcast the FilCom Center's major fundraiser Monday afternoon and stream it live at www.kndi.com.
"Besides the Filipino people, people will take note of it from all over the world to support and give back to help the people in the Philippines," broadcaster Bryan Munoz said.
The FilCom Center is setting up relief aid accounts with local banks. But it will not accept donations of food, water or clothing.
"We can't handle the logistics," Arre said.
If you want to help, mail your check to the Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola Street, Suite 302, Waipahu, HI, 96797.
Make sure you note it's for the flood victims of Mindanao.