Bradenton church collecting donations for the Philippines

skennedy@bradenton.comNovember 11, 2013 

MANATEE — Local donations for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, a super storm that last week devastated parts of the Philippines, may be taken to Bradenton’s Hope Lutheran Church, its pastor said Monday.

“We have a connection, we have the facilities here,” said Craig Mathews, pastor of the church, at 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton. “I’m willing to say ‘yes.’”

“If we can support them by providing the space, that would be our contribution as well,” he added.

Mathews said he is working with those affiliated with a nonprofit organization called Gift2care, which is trying to collect donations to send to areas of the Philippines where residents are without food, water, housing, electricity or transportation.

The typhoon already ranks as one of Asia’s most destructive natural disasters in recent decades, officials have said.

“We are asking for money and for water, clothing, toiletries,” said Diana Ros, a native of the Philippines and a volunteer executive director, event manager and case manager for Gift2care, which has an office in Bradenton.

She said she hoped for monetary donations to help pay for shipping relief supplies to the area, as well as items to ship and volunteers to help pack containers that will be sent there.

For information or to donate, call Ros at 941-567-7752, or go to the nonprofit’s website,

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