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SU Students Sending Donations to Philippines

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SALISBURY, Md. - A Salisbury University student organization is accepting monetary donations to help in the relief effort in the Philippines.

The Filipino-American Cultural Association at SU has three members who have family in the Philippines right now.

"The family members are OK.  One of the students that had family that was affected could not get in contact for three days.  So that was a really big worry for us so we had to help her and comfort her in every way we could," said Pauline Maderazo, the president of the association.

The group will be accepting donations until Dec. 5 from people, students and local businesses.  The proceeds will be given to UNICEF to be used to aid in the Philippines recovery.

Helping others and sending a message of peace is a lesson that has been echoed by Dr. Arun Gandhi in his lectures around the world.  He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and is currently co-teaching a course at SU. Gandhi said it is critical to lend a hand to the Philippines.

"I think it is very important," Gandhi said. "We need to understand what happens in one part of the world eventually happens in our part of the world also and we need to have a broader perspective and have more compassion for people all over the world."

And members of the student organization said even the smallest token of compassion will help.

"Even a dollar will make a difference. Which I love saying because we are all college students here and one dollar could really make that difference for the Philippines," Maderazo said.

Because right now, the people in the Philippines need all the help they can get.

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