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Local Residents Missing Family in the Philippines

Several San Angelo residents have family members affected by the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Not only are they waiting for word about loved ones -- they're also doing what they can to help others who lost everything. Michelle Kingston has the story.
Several San Angelo residents have family members affected by the deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Not only are they waiting for word about loved ones -- they're also doing what they can to help others who lost everything. Michelle Kingston has the story.

Rita Ellichman has barely slept since Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines last week.

"I can't even eat," she said.

The death toll and those reported missing continue to rise every minute. Among those still not accounted for are two of Rita's sixteen siblings -- a brother and a sister.

"I have faith in God that the are alive," she said. "It takes a while to recover, you know? Maybe they are in a shelter somewhere."

The majority of her family is safe -- currently residing in the church Rita worked three jobs here in the United States to pay for. Her church is one of the only structures still standing on the island.

"And they say, 'What about our house, Auntie?' And I say, 'Everybody, I will send help, ok?'" Rita said.

She wired $4,000 to the barrio she grew up in to help pay for food and water for her family and their neighbors.

"And I work anyways, so I can help some of them, to build their houses," She said.

Rita works at Mathis Field Cafe with Angie Monico --- who has not had much contact with her family in the Philippines since she left in 1975.

"And then two days ago, they call me and say, 'Do you know what happened to your niece and nephew and I said, 'What?' 'They are in Tacloban City.' I'm in shock," Angie said.

Angie and Rita are both staying busy during the day and sitting by the phone late at night -- waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe.

Michelle Kingston, KLST News.

Members of the Association of Asian American Women are collecting donations at Mama Nida's Asian Market on South Bell Street and at the Mathis Field Cafe at the airport. You can also mail donations to the group at P.O. Box 60301, San Angelo, TX, 76906.
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