Dundalk people have donated over €10,000, clothing and food to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Hundreds of people donated food and clothing to the local Filipino community that were operating from a unit on Clanbrassil Street last Friday.
The generosity of the local people was evident as hundreds donated what they could.
Dundalk man Brendan Marmion told The Dundalk Democrat the people of the town have been very forthcoming with donations.
“Our fundraising efforts have been a great success,” said Brendan.
“Every person that donated in some form has been a hero.
“The people in the Philippines need as much help as they can get.
“Dundalk is known to be a generous town and that has been proven yet again.
“We had a steady stream of people calling into the unit on Friday to donate what they could.”
A bucket collection held two weeks ago raised nearly €7,000 and other fundraising efforts will bring the total to a near €10,000.
“We are still doing other events,” said Brendan.
“We already sent €7,000 to the Red Cross but we also had musicians playing in The Marshes at the weekend and that money needs to be added on.”
Brendan visited the Philippines two years ago and understands the need for the aid.
“I visited the area about two years ago and at that stage people had very little.
“Now what they had has been destroyed.
“Kids over there wouldn’t know what a playstation is.
“They wouldn’t be sitting inside watching TV all day, they would be having fun by kicking a can or a ball around. It’s a different world.
“The images that have been beamed around the world have been shocking.
“They have lost everything and now they must rebuild everything from scratch.”
The food and clothing that was collected will now be shipped to those affected.
The Filipino community also thanked Frank McArdle for allowing them to use the unit to collect donations.
Last week a heartless thug stole up to €300 from a collector raising money to assist those in need.
The thug deceived one of the collectors at the Square by asking for change before he grabbed the cash.
Witnesses spotted the thief getting into a taxi at Crowe Street rank.
A number of collections were held at Sunday Masses recently to help rebuild the area destroyed by the typhoon.
Hundreds of people are taking refuge in a Redemptorist church in the Philippines.