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November 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

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Local Filipinos rally to help as they pray, hope and wait


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Aida Carbonell tries to hold back tears while pastor Ruth Solero leads a prayer for victims of Typhoon Haiyan and shows images of the devastation during Sunday service at the Hope of the City Church Sunday Nov. 10, 2013 in SeaTac. The congregation is heavily Filipino and plans to raise funds for families affected, which they did for the recent earthquake victims as well. Carbonell will be going to visit the Philippines soon on a vacation planned before the storm hit to see family members and help with relief efforts. "It's just traumatic for everybody," said Carbonell's daughter-in-law Richelle Estrellado, of Kent, who has been trying to cobble together information about family members who are unreachable as most communication systems are still down.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Alan Garcia, 60, spent Sunday volunteering at the Filipino Community of Seattle to get his mind away from worrying about family members affected by Typhoon Haiyan. "I seldom watch the T.V. because it hurts more," said Garcia. He has five sisters and a brother he hasn't heard from yet, as well as extended family and close friends. Garcia said his family members who were living in donated tents on Bohol island, devastated weeks ago by a massive earthquake, were scared because they had no place for shelter. "After everything we experienced in October, I was thankful they were okay, but now, I have no communications with them, no input," he said.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Pastor Ruth Solero leads a prayer for victims of Typhoon Haiyan and shows images of the devastation during Sunday service at the Hope of the City Church.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cash collects in a donation box at the Filipino Community of Seattle to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan and the recent October earthquake.

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