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Typhoon Haiyan: Adventist church in Oxon Hill participates in relief efforts

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(WJLA) - From well-funded relief organizations with celebrity endorsements to homemade appeals for hygiene packs, the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort is officially worldwide.

"We are trying to reach 500,000 survivors," says celebrity actress Scarlett Johansson in the new PSA for Oxfam.

Meanwhile in the D.C. area, Pastor Ariel Matira, whose Filipino Oxon Hill 7th Day Adventist Church is holding a donation drive on Saturday, is calling for clothes, blankets, and food.

At the world headquarters of the Adventist Development & Relief Agency in Silver Spring, they’re documenting the distribution of emergency kits since their donors want proof -- bags are stuffed with rice, sardines, and peanuts.

"We have given 1,000 people food and 3,000 people emergency shelter," said Pastor Matira.

On Friday, they learned they were the first non-profit to feed survivors, having already been on the ground in the Philippines the last 30 years.

Although Pastor Matira would rather be helping back in the Philippines, he is amazed by the compassion and generosity he is witnessing here.

It's amazing," he said.

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