A month has passed since Typhoon Haiyan hit, but the devastation in the Philippines is far from over.
"I can't even imagine," Cathy Revoir said.
Sioux Falls hockey mom, Cathy Revoir, is very close to her son. That's why she can't stop thinking about the parents in the Philippines who've lost their children in Typhoon Haiyan.
Revoir, a Sioux Falls hockey mom, is originally from the Philippines. Her parents have a farm 200 miles from Tacloban, the city hit hardest by Haiyan, but close enough to have extensive damage. Her parents lost crops and most of their livestock.
"They're slowly getting back on their feet," Revoir said.
We first introduced you to Revoir days after the typhoon hit. Sadly, one month later many people in the country are still in need. According to national governmental agency, World Vision, four million Filipinos are still homeless. Millions of others are struggling to find food.
"I just had to do something," Elizabeth Diede said.
Revoir and her friend, Elizabeth Diede, are hosting "Hope For the Holidays" Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The family-oriented event will have 20 local vendors and area vendors. They are donating items, and you can buy everything from Pampered Chef products, Mary Kay supplies, and discounted tickets to the Sioux Falls Stampede. All of the proceeds go to Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund through World Vision Philippines. Diede says the goal is not to just raise money, because they also want to remind people this is an on-going crisis.
"I feel like if it's out of sight, it's out of mind, and so, if they can put faces and hear the stories to what has happened, they'll make a better connection to the tragedy itself," Diede said.
"It will take years for the country to be, back to the new normal. It will take years to be restored," Revoir said.
Hope for the Holidays Event Information:
Sioux Falls Convention Center
Saturday, December 7
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.