LETHBRIDGE: A Lethbridge family is asking for your help, as they try to support a number of their relatives trapped in their hometown of Tacloban. The city is still reeling after Typhoon Haiyan pumbled the Philippines earlier this month, killing thousands and leaving countless others homeless.
Glenda Bonifacio, a professor at the University of Lethbridge, explained that her sister-in-law was one of those lost when the massive flooding hit, "They were unable to pull her because of the strength of the current. According to the daughter who was holding her hand, her mom's hand slipped away. We're saying that (the mother) let go of her hand to save the two daughters."
To raise money for their family, the Bonafacio's are holding a room sale on the lower level of the Bill Kergan Centre located at 222-207 13th Street North. They are selling new and lightly used items ranging from clothes (which still have the tags on them), perfume, a wine cooler and small kitchen appliances. It will be open from 9-AM to 7-PM everyday until Sunday.
Glenda noted that the proceeds will be going to just their family, and while they would appreciate any support, she stated that those wanting to donate towards the general relief effort should instead go to a group such as the Red Cross or GlobalMedic.
While her family works through an extremely challenging time, Glenda talked about the support they have already seen from the community, "We are very grateful for being in Lethbridge, for the warm support of the people here. Strangers, they are just very, very generous in their prayers, in their support. We are really grateful."