Red Cross volunteer Krista Bussey (right) talks with Rosalinda and staff about accepting donations during a busy Friday lunchtime at Rosalinda’s Kitchen restaurant in Vernon. Rosalinda and her husband Todd Smelser signed on with the Red Cross to accept donations at their new restaurant.

Red Cross volunteer Krista Bussey (right) talks with Rosalinda and staff about accepting donations during a busy Friday lunchtime at Rosalinda’s Kitchen restaurant in Vernon. Rosalinda and her husband Todd Smelser signed on with the Red Cross to accept donations at their new restaurant.

Relief effort garners support

Vernon restaurant is doing its part to help residents of the Phillipines recover from December typhoon.

Vernon restaurant is doing its part to help residents of the Phillipines recover from December typhoon.

On Dec. 17, Typhoon Washi made landfall in the Philippines, triggering flash floods across the north of the island. More than 500 people are believed to have been killed with hundreds still missing.

There is massive damage to infrastructure, houses and agriculture, no running water and limited power is available in affected areas. In all, more than 135,000 people are affected, 45,000 of whom have been forced to seek refuge in evacuation centers.

Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway are encouraged to contribute by donating in Vernon at Rosalinda’s Filipino Kitchen, on 33rd Street, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Red Cross office.

Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Philippines Typhoon” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ont., K2P 2P2

The Philippine Red Cross has been working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to affected communities.

More than 600 local volunteers are staff are performing search and rescue operations and providing support to families in evacuation centres.

To date, the Red Cross Movement has deployed emergency supplies for 5,000 families to the affected area in the North of the island and more items will be arriving in the days to come.

The Canadian Red Cross is on stand-by with both personnel and supplies, including our field hospital, ready to be deployed quickly if requested.