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Local Students Connect To Typhoon Haiyan

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By Keaton Thomas, WLNS Intern

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Super typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles wide, and reported winds of almost 200 mph when it hit the Philippines on Friday. In that storm was Roxas City, where some Joseph Aquino's family live.

"Once the storm passed, phone lines went off, we started calling relatives back home making sure everyone was ok," says the Michigan State University Junior. " We were sort of getting an update on how the stormed passed."

He says all of his family was ok. No one was harmed, except one relative's house. In the Philippines, many people have an outdoor and an indoor kitchen. Their outdoor kitchen was blown away in the wind and rain.

Their family was lucky compared to the thousands who lost everything. Now, they are helping their less-fortunate neighbors, reaching into the deepest parts of their pantry to find extra rice and letting others use extra blankets.

"They are providing meals to surrounding community members and they are trying to make sure the people they know are as comfortable as they can," says Aquino.

Back in Lake Forest, Illinois, Aquino's immediate family feels the same way. He says they plan to donate at least part of their Christmas budget to the relief effort.

"It doesn't really seem fair to be having this huge celebration here when there are a lot of people over there who are in trouble," Aquino says.

He says there are "real people in the Philippines who are affected with real lives and real personal stories." Aquino wants to make sure everyone in America knows that.

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