Donations to benefit typhoon victims

Eleonor Mendoza-Gonzales stands with boxes of hospital supplies that were shipped to the Philippine Red Cross in Manila.

Seven boxes of hospital supplies were donated by Mississippi Valley Surgical Center in Davenport and shipped to the Philippine Red Cross in Manila last month to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Dr. Eleonor Mendoza-Gonzales, managing director of Sick Benefit Foundation of the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, and with the Filipino-American Association in the Quad Cities, received the supplies and $8,340 in monetary donations to help people in the Philippines.
The boxes of supplies and relief goods were brought to Chicago and shipped for free, she said.
Monetary donations were sent to provide cash gifts to affected families in Ilgan City.
“Because of the extensive damage by Typhoon Haiyan, the people in Guian Island are not yet settled in an orderly way. Since the Christmas season in the Philippines is a huge celebration, I didn’t have available people for support in safely doing the task earlier,” Mendoza-Gonzales said.
She will leave Jan. 16 to personally administer the distribution and help in other relief efforts. She will be assisted by Father Joseph Sia, a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, who will be going on leave in the Philippines.

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