LDS Charities Responds to Typhoon Lando in the Philippines

  • 6 November 2015

LDS Charities volunteers, donning Mormon Helping Hands vests, pack food kits in response to Typhoon Lando in the Philippines.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

The worst storm to hit the Philippines this year brought a trail of destruction in northern Luzon. Typhoon Lando lingered on land close to a week as it weakened before finally exiting.

Close to a thousand individuals sought shelter in 37 chapels or meetinghouses as Lando pounded on their homes with water levels rising. Meanwhile, all missionaries of the Church were safe and accounted for.

In response to the storm, a total of 24,489 food relief kits were repacked and distributed by 390 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers who rendered more than 10,000 man-hours of service. The work they did included:

  • 2,000 food relief kits repacked and distributed in Tuguegarao City and six municipalities in Cagayan Valley by 75 volunteers logging 1,900 hours.
  • 6,285 food kits repacked and distributed in Cabanatuan City and five municipalities of Nueva Ecija by 93 volunteers logging 2,290 hours.
  • 8,000 food kits assembled and distributed in Dagupan City and seven municipalities of Pangasinan by 150 volunteers logging 3,700 hours.
  • 8,204 food kits repacked by 73 volunteers working 2,304 hours and distributed to at least five municipalities in Aurora province.

Assessment for the need for additional assistance is still ongoing. The Church also assisted affected members in 44 stakes and districts through fast offerings.