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A&M students helping Philippine typhoon victims

CNN
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:58pm

It was a storm that swept away entire communities.

Thousands were tragically killed or injured and more than a half a million people displaced after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines.

For Texas A&M student Laura Atamosa, a Filipino American, the news is hard to watch knowing her extended family is there.

"It's actually really sad because the Philippines get hit with huge storms all the time but the people are like, 'Oh you know we'll rebuild' but watching it on the national news it's just like wow this is really serious," Atamosa said.

Fortunately for Atamosa her family is safe but it isn't any less devastating so she and the Texas A&M Philippine Student Association want to help.

This Saturday the group is holding their 15th annual talent show, Isang Mahal, showcasing a variety of acts.

All the proceeds will go directly towards typhoon relief aid and it's money that is desperately needed.

"They have each other to help rebuild themselves but they need money to help them physically rebuild communities," Atamosa said. "So I just hope everyone understands that money is the best way to go right now, not clothes or food."

The show starts at 7:00 Saturday night and is being held at Rudder High School in Bryan.

Tickets are seven dollars at the door and Atamosa says she hopes the community will rally behind her organization to help out those in need.

"The 12th Man is always ready to help and give back and always standing to be ready just in case," said Atamosa. "As Filipino-Americans, I feel like we are the 12th Man for the Philippines so I just hope as an organization at Texas A&M they will come help support a cause for fellow Aggies, fellow students and people around the world."
 

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