Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Philippines. Earlier this month, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged through the Leyte and Samar islands, causing catastrophic damage and the loss of 3,700 lives. Ninety percent of Tacloban City was destroyed by gusts reaching up 195 mph, leaving many with no food or water. Evacuation and relief efforts were greatly slowed by closed roads and lack of electricity. The calamity is the second-deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines.
As you know, many of our friends and readers in the nostalgic car scene are Filipino, and many hailing from island nation are very active in the Toyota and Mitsubishi restoration world. Toyota recently pledged to donate $500,000 USD to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts for the victims affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
According to Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North America Region, “On behalf of Toyota, we express our sincere condolences to the families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and surrounding areas. Thanks to the generosity of our associates and team members, Toyota’s giving will go even further to help families in need.”
You can donate at Red Cross Philippines.