Typhoon Haiyan, a storm of unprecedented force, has devastated a region of the Philippines.
As the death toll rises, there is a greater sense of urgency locally to get help to those who need it.
On Sunday NBC 10 sat down with members of the Filipino American Association of Newport County.
They're in the process of planning not only fundraiser's, but donation drives.
"I think at this point in time people are willing to send blankets, clothes, that sort of thing, even non perishable foods, but how do you get them TO the Philippines very quickly," said Doy Heredia.
"We're going to work with the Jesuit Foundation of the Philippines to help out, make sure the funds and everything we send gets to the victims," said Association President Chet Gotauco.
The area where the typhoon hit was already recovering from an earthquake that struck a few weeks ago
There are some among the Rhode Island association who are still anxiously trying reach loved ones, to no avail.
"They said that they can only cry and pray," said Cecelia Heredia.
The association is asking anyone who can, to donate money or supplies to try to alleviate the suffering of those who survived the typhoon.
"We may ask you to open up your hearts somehow, with any little bit that you can share, " said Larry Soriano.
Southern New Englanders who want to help out can go to www.filamnewport.com or call (401) 864-0400
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