H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Dec 26, 2013 7:27 PM by KSBY Staff

Central Coast family makes Christmas brighter for some children in Philippines

A local family is spreading some Christmas cheer to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The family of a Central Coast woman who came here from the Philippines organized a donation drive for students in a remote village.

The family teamed up to get gifts for 400 kids at an elementary school there.

The sister who lives in the Philippines had a goal of 50 cents per child, but people here donated more. The children received bread, candy and pencils.

Now the goal is to rebuild the village.

Kathleen O'Neill, who created the local typhoon relief fund, says, "At first there was no way to send money, but then a Western Union opened up in a neighboring town and they went to that Western Union and we sent them a little bit of money to make sure it would get there, and gradually we could send a little bit more."

Donations can be made to the "Dumarao Philippines Relief Fund" at Rabobank.

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