Red Cross: Philippines Relief Fund Tops $11 Million

By Joshua Cohan

Nov 14, 2013 2:05pm

The Red Cross has collected $11 million in donations and pledges to aid the relief effort in the Philippines, the organization told ABC News on Thursday.

And it’s not done. The Red Cross has teamed with Facebook to make donating even easier. Log in, and you’ll see at the top of your Facebook news feed, “Donate now to emergency relief in the Philippines.”

“Send $10.00 to The American Red Cross to help those affected by the typhoon,” the note reads. “The full amount of your donation will go to the American Red Cross.”

You can donate through Facebook using your credit or debit card, or PayPal. You can also make a donation on the Red Cross Facebook page, RedCross.org, or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

“The American Red Cross is in a unique position to help provide support by airlifting relief supplies from its warehouses around the world, providing trained disaster responders specializing in damage assessment and telecommunications, and by channeling its financial support to the Philippine Red Cross and its more than 500,000 staff and volunteers and our other global partners in the Red Cross network – all of which go to providing relief from this devastating storm,” said David Meltzer, chief international officer for the American Red Cross.

But delivering this much-needed aid to areas of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines has proven tricky, especially to survivors in the hard-hit city of Tacloban, where many died, thousands were injured and food and drinking water are scarce.

Gas station owners in the city are fearful of reopening – and that’s keeping relief convoys from refueling so they can bring much-needed supplies to Tacloban and other regions wiped out by the typhoon.

In addition to international aid groups, the U.S. government has stepped up attempts to bring aid into Tacloban. The aircraft carrier the USS George Washington has moved into position off the Leyte Gulf to assist with relief effort. Military cargo jets are carrying in supplies and evacuating those in greatest need of assistance.  Meanwhile, it’s expected that American service personnel on the ground in the Philippines will expand by week’s end.

ABC News Radio contributed to this story.

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