Portland's Mercy Corps to assist Philippines

Portland's Mercy Corps to assist Philippines

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 2:10 PM

PORTLAND -- Workers from Portland’s Mercy Corps headed to the Philippines to help with disaster relief Wednesday.

Mark Ferdig led a team of ten volunteers from around the world on a mission to aide communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

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The team intends to purchases water, generators and hygiene items from neighboring cities and countries when it arrives in the Far East.

“It's a desperate situation and people are taking desperate action to take care of themselves and their families,” said Ferdig. “I think that's what I'm going to see on the ground.”

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Mercy Corps planned a public candlelight vigil for Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. at its downtown Portland headquarters on Southwest 1st Street and Ankeny Avenue.

 

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