SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Seton Hall University’s Division of Volunteer Efforts is raising money to aid more than 20,000 Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, which struck earlier this month.
Although DOVE is a department of Seton Hall, staffers urge the wider South Orange community to pitch in and support the relief efforts.
“Our efforts are primarily aimed at reaching the Seton Hall community,” said Thomas Russomano, assistant director of DOVE. “But of course everyone in the South Orange and surrounding communities are welcomed and encouraged to donate.”
The typhoon made landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 8, killing nearly 4,000 people there and leaving another 18,000 seriously wounded. According to DOVE’s website, monetary donations are the most important form of aid as much of the country’s infrastructure remains devastated.
“The people of the Philippines urgently need relief funds: no other kind of relief is as effective,” according to DOVE’s website. “As conditions continue to deteriorate, there are fears of a mounting health crisis. It is anticipated that relief efforts will be slow and long-term as many roads remain impassable and most communications are down.”
All funds raised will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, which is directly undertaking major action in the most affected areas. Donations can be made either by check or online through DOVE’s website.
DOVE also will be accepting material donations in the form of clothes, shoes, flashlights, towels and blankets, which can be dropped off at the on-campus office until Nov. 21.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.