Typhoon Haiyan destroyed many towns and villages in the Philippines. Now, millions are left with no electricity, food, or shelter. In the wake of the typhoon disaster, people on the Gulf Coast with ties to the Philippines are doing their part to help out. Maria Delossontos of the Filipino-American Association says, "There are so many people in our area that are from the devastated parts of the Philippines, so this is even nearer to us than we thought." Local organizations like the Filipino-American Association are making strides to help raise money and get thousands of Filipinos back on their feet. Today, they were able to start a bank account for donations. You can go to any Hancock Bank location to donate. Mention the Philippine Disaster Relief Fund of 2013 when making your donation. Delossontos also says, "It would not be right for us to sit back and let an awful tragedy that is no fault of theirs, continue on without any kind of help. That's why I believe we should help." Local churches are also holding services to raise money for relief funds. Here on the Gulf Coast, many have a better understanding of the pain that is being felt in the Philippines. David Newton, a reverend at Dantzler Memorial First United Methodist Church, says, "We're helping because we have more of an understanding than many places of what they're going through." One hundred percent of the funds donated to the Filipino-American Association and the Dantzler Memorial First United Methodist Church will go to the Philippines. To get more involved in sending relief to the Philippines, you can visit the Filipino-American Association's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/filammscoast.