Filipino community in Jersey City rushes to send aid to Typhoon Haiyan victims

New Jerseyans with family and friends in devastated areas of the Philippines are mobilizing to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands are feared dead

New Jerseyans with family and friends in devastated areas of the Philippines are mobilizing to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

New Jerseyans with family and friends in devastated areas of the Philippines are mobilizing to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. (11/11/13)

JERSEY CITY - New Jerseyans with family and friends in devastated areas of the Philippines are mobilizing to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Thousands are feared dead and hundreds of thousands more are homeless as a result of the typhoon.

Jersey City is home to the state's largest Filipino population. More than 15,000 residents there are of Filipino descent. Boxes of donations have already filled the office of Mataki Express, a Filipino shipping company in Jersey City, where a relief effort is growing.

"They need mostly food, and clothing and blankets, anything," says Heycee Sarayba.

It will be as long as eight weeks before these packages arrive.

The official death toll still stands at around 1,000 people, but authorities in the Philippines expect the final toll to be many times that.

For more on help for typhoon Haiyan victims, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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