Filipino volunteers from Connecticut gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hamden on Nov. 16 to deliver, collect, sort and package relief items for delivery to communities in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8.
The volunteers, organized on short notice by the Philippine-American Association of Connecticut Inc., were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by people who brought food, clothing, blankets, toiletries and money throughout the day.
Cecilia Gozo, one of the organizers, noted that the country is 80 percent Catholic. "We have so much in this country, she said, "but now, they have nothing."
The Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington was the site of a similar collection on Nov. 17. As did many other parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the church also collected monetary donations at its Masses.
Founded in 1965 by a group of Filipino Yale students and health care professionals, the Philippine-American Association is the longest-running Filipino cultural and civic group in Connecticut. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)