In wake of the typhoon that struck the Philippines, the Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Red Cross and Lehigh Valley residents have come together in support. The American Red Cross has been gathering donations and helping people find out about their loved one’s whereabouts. Through its tracing services, the Red Cross can help individuals find missing family members overseas in the Philippines. Those seeking information about Filipinos or non-U.S. citizens should contact American Red Cross NEPA International Services Director Jen Pierce at the Red Cross’ NEPA region office at 610-865-4400 ext. 221. For those concerned about U.S. citizens in the Philippines, they should call 1-888-4070-4747 to speak with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services.
Residents of the Lehigh Valley have also come together to pray for all of those affected by this tragedy. The Barnabite Spiritual Center in Bethlehem Township hosted a 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration from 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 until 7 p.m. on Nov. 13.
To make a financial contribution to help the typhoon victims, call 1-800-REDCROSS or go online to redcross.org. Please send cash donations directly to your local chapter and write Philippine Typhoon Appeal in the subject line.