Nightly News   |  November 10, 2013

Filipino Americans raise money for survivors

Filipino Americans around the nation are offering prayers and fundraisers to help in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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>> country, great concern along with hopes and prayers in the filipino american community and beyond.

>> reporter: filipino americans make up the second largest population of asian immigrants in the u.s. an historic disaster in the philippines has inspired a coast to coast response.

>> everyone is helping now.

>> reporter: prayers and community churches in new jersey, an impromptu fundraising run in new york central park. and even more of the same in california. a 5 k charity walk and dozens of churches collecting food, clothing, shelter kits and money for a stricken population that needs all of that. in fact, about 1 in 4 of the nearly 4 million american filipinos live in southern california alone. and in the growing community of eagle rock , the scale of this disaster is having a profound impact. mirna lives here but her family still working the family farm in the typhoon zone barely survived.

>> all of the rice crops were ruined. the house is underwater.

>> reporter: sympathy and support extend beyond the filipino community. in rome, pope francis led thousands of worshippers in silent prayer for those whose lives have been shattered in the largely roman catholic philippines. the seattle based medical rescue team made ready to deploy to a disaster scene carved by record winds gusting over 230 miles an hour.

>> i have no idea what we'll find. there is no precedent.

>> reporter: and no relief for those whose concerns and fears are personal.

>> when i saw the news, i was shocked and there was crying. because my children are all there.

>> reporter: the disaster still unfolding. the need for help in calculable. mike taibbi , nbc news, eagle rock , california.