A Winnipeg woman got some good news from the Philippines this afternoon.
Gloria Agravante was worried about her son, daughter and ten grandchildren who live on the island of Cebu, one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Agravante got the news via Facebook while a CBC crew was at her home interviewing her.
"Ah, here he is," she said, tears of relief rolling down her cheeks. "He says 'We're all okay.' Oh, thank god," she said.
Agravante is organizing a social in Winnipeg to raise funds for the victims Nov. 29th at the Filipino Seniors Hall, 49 Euclid Ave.
There is also a prayer vigil at the same location, Wed., Nov. 13 at 7 p. m.
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Local fundraising efforts already underway
The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba is accepting cash donations at their offices on 737 Keewatin Street, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
A spokesperson said there has been a steady stream of people dropping off cheques.
There is no tally yet on how much money has been raised so far.
The Filipino Senior Citizen Hall at 49 Euclid Ave is also accepting cash donations.
Their office is not open during the day. To donate, call president Aida Champagne at 204-960-8530.
All proceeds will go to "Hope Worldwide" which will distribute the funds to relief efforts in the Philippines.
Champagne said about $2,000 had been raised by Monday afternoon.