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PHOTOS: Central Texans Hold Vigil for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT
Members of Austin's Filipino community and others gathered downtown last night to honor Typhoon Haiyan victims.

The Network of Asian American Organizations estimates there are about 4,000 people in the Filipino community in the Austin metro area. Some had direct ties to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Central Texans involved in the Network of Asian American Organizations and other supporters gathered at Austin City Hall on Tuesday to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims and to raise money for the recovery.

KUT's Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon took these photos at the candlelight vigil:

Donations are going to the American Red Cross – earmarked for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

"We are very blessed to be here in the United States, and for many local Asians, we are immigrants here in the U.S. To be able to do our part in helping the affected areas in terms of sending funds, we are indeed blessed and thankful," Austin Filipino-American Association President Elias V. Lorenzana Jr. said.

For more information on the effort, visit Checks can be made payable to "NAAO Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund" and can be deposited at Wells Fargo Banks.

Click here for other ways to help.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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