Natural disasters can take lives, leave people without homes and change the way of life for entire regions in the blink of an eye. New Jersey residents learned this the hard way last year after Sandy ripped up the coastline.
According to a CNN report, the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which leveled the Philippines in November, has risen to more than 5,200 people. 1,613 people were reported missing and 23,501 were injured, said the report.
New Milford Boy Scout members of Den 6, Pack 78, were inspired to help. The scouts hosted a one-day clothing drive on Sunday, Nov. 24, to support the survivors of the disaster.
They collected and sorted clothes that were then brought to RDR Cargo Express in Bergenfield who offered to ship the items to the Philippines at no charge.
“The boys collected roughly 1,000 pounds of clothes. We are so grateful for this donation because it will help many Filipino people who have nothing. You all have done a wonderful thing,” said an RDR representative.
RDR Cargo Express owner Rommel Del Rosario was so impressed by the scouts’ efforts that he awarded community service awards to Blake Lester, Tyler Thomas, Matthew Dargis, Sean Dever, Michael Johnson and Benjamin Zelasco.
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