Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

November 17, 2013

Cooking up love, support

Local Filipino community raises $3,66.89 for disaster relief

RUSSELL — A bake sale of sweet Filipino treats coupled with classic Southern recipes kicked off the first fundraising event by the Filipino community to raise disaster relief following Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction of the Philippine Islands.

Maria’s Manila Asian Market hosted the sale on Saturday, and customers, friends and passersby stopped in to make donations with or without purchasing desserts.

Members of the Filipino community from Grayson to Flatwoods came together during a tragic time for their homeland to help in any way possible.

Cupcakes with cherries, cookies, fudge and an assortment of delicacies stretched across long tables outside the shop, where people eagerly lined up. Some of the volunteers stood beside the road with signs and a donation bucket for drivers unable to stop at the sale. A young girl waving a bright Filipino flag welcomed cars as they rolled into the small parking lot.

Market owner Maria Lemaster, who is from the Philippine capital of Manila, said although she knew collections here will not compare to the millions of dollars already given by the U.S. government, it was personally important for her and others to know they doing what they can to help their loved ones.

“It’s part of a healing process for many of us,” Lemaster said.

She said the amount raised from the event was $3,666.89, including independent donations.

Rhea Allison from Grayson lived on Camotes Island, four hours from the severely hit city of Tacloban, which she said was very poor and finally received federal aid on Saturday.

The storm hit Tacloban and every major city going south along the east coast of Leyte. Her family owns two homes, one in the city and one on the island, and were not left homeless after the storm destroyed their island residence.

“Not a day has gone by since it happened that I haven’t cried,” she said with tear-filled eyes.

Allison said she fears the Philippines will never be the same, given it is a Third World nation and what little resources it had are gone.

“If you think about it, Katrina happened eight years ago here in the U.S. and they’re still cleaning up. Who knows if the Philippines will ever be back to normal?” she said, referring to how the country’s poverty rate makes rebuilding difficult.

In addition to being a central hub for donations, the Russell market has become a place where Filipinos can lean on one another to grieve, share stories or simply escape the stress of the devastation.

“We all just feel so helpless,” Lemaster said. “Where we are so far away and don’t have many resources to give, we’re just trying to do whatever we can.”

Lemaster and Allison emphasized the importance of choosing a credible charity in the Philippines to give the money.

“We have a democracy, but our government is known for being corrupt,” Allison said. “We just made a joke inside about how we heard 10 million pesos were donated and, oh, maybe 5 million will actually reach people in need.”

Of course, the joke was more cynical than funny to those at the market. Lemaster said she has spent hours background checking and legitimizing various charities she believes can be trusted. She recently opened an account with City National Bank where she will be able to directly wire money to the Philippines once she chooses a charity.

Though this was the group’s first community fundraiser, it will not be the last. Lemaster said organizers are planning a dance benefit in Russell at month’s end.

To donate to the cause, visit the market at 1564 Diederich Blvd. or call (606) 388-4088.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Golden Corral sends children to camp

    Ashland’s Golden Corral teamed with other restaurants across nation this year to raise $1.5 million to send a total of 3,000 children to Camp Corral.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Burglars steal golf gear

    A couple of golf enthusiasts might not make their tee times Saturday because burglars stole golf equipment from their garages.

    July 24, 2014

  • Music instructor claims age discrimination

    The Russell Independent School District is denying allegations of a former band director who claims in a lawsuit the district discriminated against him because of his age.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Financial blunder leads to heated board discussion

    In a surprising turn of events, City Manager Ben Bitter’s supervision authority was challenged by the Board of Commissioners after Commissioner Cheryl Spriggs filed a motion to have legal and finance department heads also report to the board in light of a financial blunder by Bitter.
    Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles and City Attorney Richard “Sonny” Martin confirmed a new ordinance will be drafted so the department heads of finance and legal counsel will be checked by the board, in addition to Bitter’s current oversight.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stricter enforcement, diagonal spots endorsed to help downtown

    A group of business owners operating along Winchester Avenue — Ashland’s main thoroughfare — asked the Ashland Board of Commissioners to replace current parallel parking spots with diagonal ones, and also for more strick enforcement of a two-hour parking law.

    July 24, 2014

  • National act takes stage at Boyd County Fair

    The Building of Dreams erupted into screams Thursday night at the 2014 Boyd County Fair, as country music fans saw Bucky Covington take the stage.
    According to Ellen Keaton, fair board president, Covington was a favorite on season five of Fox’s talent competition series American Idol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke-free advocates bound for Ashland

    Advocates for smoke-free public spaces are touring the state, starting in Ashland, to drum up support for anti-tobacco legislation they hope to pass next year.
    Smoke-Free Kentucky is a coalition of organizations and people who support a ban on smoking in all public and work places in Kentucky.

    July 24, 2014

  • Ohio State Band Direc_Mayn.jpg Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

    Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grimes has pep rally before energetic Democrats

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was preaching to the Democratic choir Thursday night at the Wendell Ford Dinner attended by about 700 here.

    July 24, 2014

  • Commissioners challenge city manager’s authority

    In a surprising turn of events, City Manager Ben Bitter’s supervision authority was challenged by the Board of Commissioners after Commissioner Cheryl Spriggs filed a motion to have legal and finance department heads also report to the board in light of a financial blunder by Bitter.

    July 24, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone