Local Filipino Community Watching Tragedy Unfold after Typhoon Haiyan

RUSSELL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Members of the Tri-State's local Filipino community are watching for news of loved ones in the Philippines after deadly Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands in their homeland.

"It's heartbreaking, it's just so sad," said Rhea Allison through tears. "I spoke to my family as the roof was caving in on their home and the walls falling down. I just shouted, 'get out, get out!' "

Maria Lemaster owns Maria's Manila Asian Market, in Russell, Ky. In her office, the computer is logged onto Facebook. It's her number one source for information in trying to track down details about what's happening.

"I cry about it and pray a lot," Lemaster said. "'Maybe I'd see a family member there, that I know and can help."

To help complete strangers, Lemaster is holding a bake sale and fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. It will be at Maria's Manila Asian Market located at 1562 Diedrich Blvd, in Russell, Ky. The proceeds will go to benefit the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.


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