ABS-CBN Foundation International Issues Urgent Appeal for Donations to Hurricane Sandy Victims

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REDWOOD CITY, CA, November 2, 2012 – ABS CBN Foundation International (AFI) makes an official plea today for donations to assist Filipinos in the Northeast United States who were impacted by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Earlier this week, powerful winds and rains brought by Sandy pummeled said region, resulting in a current death toll of 75, a number that is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered from the wreckage, per U.S. News and World Report and Fox News. Forecasting firm Eqecat also estimated a cost of $20 to $50 billion in economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses.

Staring out as a hurricane that turned into a super storm, Sandy cut a path of destruction that ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina in terms of damage. Filipinos in New York and New Jersey were among those who fled their homes due to floodwaters brought about by the hurricane. A number of them had to be evacuated especially those affected by the floodwaters in Atlantic City, Jersey City, Keansburg, and New Milford in New Jersey as well as Inwood, Long Island, New York. Thousands of Filipinos are among the 1.5 million people who are now without power in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Ohio. An estimated 460,000 Filipinos live in 13 states across the eastern seaboard of the United States. 

Urgent donations may be sent to ABS-CBN Foundation International today through the following means: 

1.        Send a check
Send a check payable to ABS CBN Foundation International.  Write “Hurricane Sandy” on the memo section of the check and mail to: 
ABS CBN Foundation International
150 Shoreline Dr 
Redwood City CA 94065
Attn: Hurricane Sandy Donations

2.        Direct Deposit
Pls deposit donation to any Wells Fargo bank, scan a copy of deposit slip and email to  analiza_gelasio@abs-cbn.com for proper acknowledgement of donation.
Bank: Wells Fargo
Account Name: ABS CBN Foundation International
Routing Number 121042882
Account Number 3036186462

3.        Donate online
Visit www.abscbnfoundation.org, click on “Donate Now ” button and choose “Hurricane Sandy” from the homepage. 

For questions or additional information, please call the ABS CBN Foundation Disaster Team at (650) 508-6118.

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ABOUT ABS CBN FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
ABS CBN Foundation International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino children and their families in the Philippines and around the world. Its flagship program, Bantay Bata (Child Watch), is a child abuse rescue operation that responds to an average of 15,300 calls for assistance a year. The program assists more than 21,000 children and families in relocation communities and feeds at least 4,400 severely malnourished children a year. Its education program serves 4.2 million elementary school children and their teachers. Other programs include Sagip Kapamilya (disaster rescue, relief and rehabilitation), ETV in Schools (school reform in elementary schools) and Sagip Kalikasan (environmental programs).

In the United States, the organization partners with Filipino-American organizations and associations in addressing community issues–youth truancy, housing, issues affecting the elderly, health, and emergency needs. For more program information, visit http://www.abscbnfoundation.org.

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