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Hudson Valley residents helping with Philippine relief efforts

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Images from the devastation in the Philippines have hit home for many in the Hudson Valley. YNN's Jessica Chen shares the stories of how some in the Hudson Valley are helping those thousands of miles away.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Buildings uprooted, trees snapped in half, thousands feared dead, This is the reality for those in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country Friday.

"Looking at the effect of the typhoon, it really made me cry," said Hudson Valley resident Valerie Jelski.

She said she has been talking to friends who are still looking for their loved ones in the country.

"Filipino are very good at helping each other, especially at times like this," she said.

And Priscilla Sagar, a nurse professor at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh is doing her best to help those thousands of miles away. She said she is working alongside the Philippine Nurses Association of America to help with relief efforts. The organization is comprised of Filipino - American nurses from across the country. She said they're collecting money that will be directly donated to their chapter in the Philippines.

"The people are in dire need of this money and they are going to be using them for basic necessities," said Sagar.

She said the money will be used to buy food, medical supplies and water, simple and basic necessities she said 'her people' desperately need.

"The Filipinos are resilient, but in times like this, it’s very, very difficult," said Sagar.

For those interested in donating to the Philippine Nurses Association of America, please make checks payable to Philippine Nurses Association of America.

Kindly send checks to:

Jeanette Livelo
20 Woodcliff Road
Holbrook, MA 02343

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