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In Wake of Typhoon Filipinos Need Money Instead of Supplies

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A Murray psychiatrist who grew up in the Philippines says Filipinos in need after Typhoon Haiyan need money more than supplies or volunteers.

Dr. Maria Ruiza Yee says one way Americans can help with disaster relief is through the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, which is sending a group of doctors to Tacloban under Dr. Eric Talens.

“He says the group plans to leave on the 18th, and the best reliable route as advised from contacts on ground in Tacloban is by lan,” Yee said. “He’s leading a 14-man team of doctors of various specialties, nurses and EMTS, bringing in meds, food, water for relief as well as fuel, food and water for the team.”

Yee said those donations can be made online or by check. For more information about making a donation go to

Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.
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