GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines earlier this month has now taken the lives of more than 5,235 people. However, those who survived are still in need and one local woman said her family is among them. Currently, there are 300,000 that are now living in shelters across the country.
Annie Horton of Grand Junction said her family is displaced and is in desperate need of help. She said, "We are very lucky, they are very lucky."
Typhoon Haiyan destroyed Horton's hometown of Tacloban. "It makes me sad and mad. Mad that i'm not there. Mad that I can't really help," said Horton.
Horton said much of her family still lives in Tacloban and watched the wind and water tear through their neighborhood. She said, "They told them to go home and by then I don't think she was able to get out of the road because the water had already risen." Horton said her family had to climb on rooftops to survive.
"They lost everything and they found their house, and probably going to salvage what is there and they're going to rebuild it," said said.
Tacloban is a City of more than 200,000 people where buildings were crushed and so many were displaced. Horton said her family had internet shortly after the storm hit. "My other sister just kept me on the Facebook and said they were okay... say they are homeless right now, but not hopeless," she said.
Horton wants to help and do something to keep that hope going for her family. "I realize that the Red Cross and all charity are doing it... I would like to help them too, the whole city, but i'm just a one person and I would like my family first."
Horton said anything will help ease the pain that Typhoon Haiyan caused. She has two boxes filled with food and clothes for her sisters, nieces and nephews in Tacloban. Horton needs nearly $300 to ship the boxes. She said, "I mean a dollar goes a long way over there."
If you would like to help Annie Horton and her family in the Philippines, a donation account has been set up at Bellco Credit Union under her daughter's name, Sharon Horton. For more information contact Annie Horton at: (970) 200-6347. To ship items directly to her family, the address: Evelyn Cordero, Tacloban City Hall, Tacloban City, Leyte.
She hopes to ship the items by December 4th.