9/14/2012 3:03:00 PM Aid from Gresham goes to flooded Filipinos
St. Henry Church photo
St. Henry’s relief effort to help Filipinos affected by flooding.
GRESHAM — In just one week, parishioners at St. Henry Parish filled up 32 cargo boxes that will be sent to the Luzon area of the Philippines, which was devastated by flooding. Organizers, Myrna and Rommel Relos and Jocelyn Escudero, thanked parishioners for their generosity and kind hearts, always willing to help the less fortunate.
In early August, monsoons led to flooding and evacuations in and around Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
The BBC reported that flooding killed an estimated 60 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
“Filipinos believe in the expression Nasa Tao ang Gawa, Gawa Nasa Diyos ang Awa, which means that as humans, we need to do what we can to help one another and the rest will be provided by God,” said Relos. “I strongly believe that the Lord is smiling and very proud of what we have accomplished here.”
Among the donations were 95 pairs of shoes and slippers, 974 shirt, 751 pairs of pants, 131 jackets or sweaters, and 100 undergarments and socks.