Arkansans reaching out to help with Philippines typhoon aftermath

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Little Rock resident Luz Jones, originally from the Philippines has not heard from some of her family members since the devastating typhoon hit the central region of the country Friday.

"I speak with them everyday and they call me If they need money," Jones said. "I did not [hear from them since the typhoon]. I did heard from my niece but not the nephew."

ABC News reports at least 1,774 deaths have been confirmed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. And the death toll is expected to top 10,000, officials said.

"I pray to God they are all alive," Jones said.

The Philippines country director for Heifer International, headquartered in Little Rock, told Channel 7 News they have accounted for all of their staff members in the Philippines, but are still waiting to hear from 4,000 Heifer families.

"We've already planned for the three to six month rehabilitation and providing immediate relief of food, shelter, repair materials, and water," Hercules Paradiang said.

The Arkansas Red Cross told Channel 7 News the best way to help is to give money, not collect physical donations because it is not economical to ship them.

Any Arkansans interested in tracing family members in the Philippines can contact the American Red Cross inArkansas at 501.748.1021.

Here are ways to donate:

Red Cross

Heifer International


Doctors Without Borders

World Food Programme

OXFAM America