BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Wesleyan students are raising money for those hit hard by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines.
It's how they're taking action for the storm's victims.
Starting next week, the school will be hosting a fundraiser, which will go through a national non-profit to build new homes.
The goal, at first, is a modest one $3,000 to build one home. They say every little bit helps.
Senior Emily Bailey, whose aunt has family in the Philippines has been working with professor Teddy Amoloza, a Filipino native, are working to find ways to help out.
Although neither family was harmed, they still felt compelled to help out, and now they’re beginning to gain support from sororities and residence halls across the campus.
"It's a relief but then of course, knowing that intensity of the typhoon, I knew that it was going to cause a lot of damage. I never thought about the extent of the damage that we're seeing now,” said Amoloza.
"I immediately wanted to do something that would help and after seeing all the damage, it was absolutely astounding. I never thought it would be that bad,” said Bailey.
Over the weekend, students like Bailey will be making posters for use across campus, to help raise awareness of the movement. On Wednesday through Friday, they'll be collecting money.
Students are also discussing the possibility of making a trip to the Philippines to help out with relief work in the future.
For those who would like to donate, please make checks payable to GK-USA, with memo line IWU Fund and send to:
Coordinator, GK - IWU Team
39 Breckenwood Ct.
Bloomington, IL 61704
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