Local Families Waiting to Contact Loved Ones in Philippines

Local Families Waiting to Contact Loved Ones in Philippines

PEORIA - Reginald Gress is devastated by what he's seeing from his wife's native country.
PEORIA - Reginald Gress is devastated by what he's seeing from his wife's native country.
"Several local families are desperately waiting to hear from loved ones likely caught in the storm.
We heard that it was going to be a very strong typhoon, but no one could guess it was going to be as powerful as it was," said Gress.  
Images of destruction and despair reveal what Typhoon Haiyan left behind. Some estimates mark the death toll at 10,000 people in the Philippines.  
"A lot of family members here are very concerned because they could not communicate with their family members that are still in that area," he said.  
Gress, president of the Filipino American Society of Central Illinois, says the group serves more than 150 families. Some of them are caught in a scary waiting game.
"Very anxious, very depressed not being able to know for sure. Very worried and having sleepless nights, wondering how they are doing over there,” said Gress. “And knowing that if there are still alive how they are struggling just to survive over there."
FACSI is planning an immediate fundraiser to help victims.
"Pray for the relief of the people over there who are so desperately in need of all the help they can get." 
But the American Red Cross is capable of tracking people caught in the disaster.
Loved ones are encouraged to call the local American Red Cross at (309) 677-7272
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