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December 21, 2013

Community support for Typhoon Haiyan victims

NEDERLAND — The smell of pork-a-bobs swirled in the strong morning breeze reminiscent of festivals and fairs in the Market Basket parking lot in Nederland on Saturday.

Young girls wearing plastic rain gear in anticipation of stormy weather held up poster board signs aimed at traffic along 27th Street telling motorists of the benefit to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Local physicians Dr. Federico Arcala and his wife Dr. Avila Arcala and Dr. Gilbert Agustin and his wife Dr. Shirley Agustin headed up the benefit that will help fund a medical and surgical mission trip in the new year.

Volunteers such as Dr. Nancy Ngo was on hand to pick up orders of pork-a-bobs, egg rolls and fried rice courtesy of Rudy Bermudez of Rudy’s famous Porkabobs to bring to local hospital staff.

Dr. Federico Arcala said they temporarily thought about postponing the fundraiser due to the possibility of inclement weather.

“We were so afraid of the weather,” his wife, Dr. Avila Arcala said. “But we prayed, prayed, prayed.”

The Agustins are planning a mission trip to the Philippines in January and the Arcalas will do so in February, they said.

Approximately 6,000 people died in the super typhoon and another 1,800 is missing.

The typhoon struck the Philippines in November leaving death and destruction in its wake. According to the Associated Press, at least 9.7 million people in 41 Philippine provinces were affected by the disaster, with tens of thousands of houses wiped away, decomposing bodies under twisted rubble, and survivors pleading for food, water and medicine.

Donations may also be made to MSMT, P.O. Box 7959, Beaumont, Texas, 77726-7959.

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