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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Recovery continues in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country.

More than 1,700 have been confirmed dead, including 2 Americans but leaders fear as many as 10,000 Filipinos could be dead.

A team from the United States embassy is set to visit the affected area Wednesday.

MORE: Mid-South rushes aid to typhoon ravaged Philippines

The devastation in the Philippines has many people with ties to that country turning anguish into action. A few members of the local Filipino community are collecting supplies to send home. They are working around the clock to send life-saving good to the victims.

They have boxes and boxes of goods to send Via FedEx to some of the most damaged areas. They have watched the news to see the destruction and have received  personal messages that has brought the devastation half a world away closer to home in the Mi-South.

Tuesday afternoon a truck carried hope with boxes stacked up to the ceiling of the vehicle. Inside each one are donations that can help save a life. Some of the boxes contain hospital garments.

"A lot of children don't have their clothes to wear," said Renato Zalamea of Memphis Mission of Mercy. "As far as we are concern this can be used."

Other boxes contain something as simple as blankets to keep a wet typhoon survivor warm. The items were donated by Zalamea's employer Methodist Hospital.

"Towels, anything they lost," he said. "We hope we can replace them.

Zalamea and his Filipino friends belong to Memphis Mission of Mercy. They are collecting goods and supplies to send to damaged areas.

While talking to FOX13 News, Zalamea received text messages, an urgent plea from family members.

"All the hospital are submerged under sea water. Please help us," he read from his cell phone. "Hundreds of people are dead. Hundreds are missing. Thousands have no homes."

Reading text messages from family and seeing the devastation on television of his homeland, Zalamea is quite upset.

"Very hard. One things is we are missionaries, we have being doing this every year," he said. "There is a lot of disaster all over the world. But when it happens to your home, it always touches you more."

Zalamea is taking the supplies to FedEx in hopes the air freight giant will include them with those from relief agencies to the hardest hit areas.

"We have asked them to let us send 50 boxes of this and that will go a long way," he said. "Just like anyplace that we try to help. Memphis can do what we are doing. Pray hard for them."

Immediate needs via air:

  1. Medicines (common)
  2. Body bags
  3. Flashlights
  4. Batteries
  5. Generators
  6. Radios
  7. Tents
  8. Cots
  9. Sleeping bags and Camping gear
  10. Rescue Tools, Crow Bars, Shovels

30 days arrival via ocean, for rebuilding physical and psychological

  1. Non-perishable foods
  2. Clothing, footwear
  3. Batteries, flashlight, AM/FM radios
  4. Tarps, tents, camping gear
  5. Cooking utensils
  6. Over the counter medicines
  7. Toys
  8. School supplies
  9. Books
  10. Tarps for shelter
  11. Gardening tools to plant their food
  12. Fishing equipment for livelihood
  13. Used computers for the schools
  14. Used home and office equipment
  15. Table games
  16. Electronic toys
  17. Building materials
  18. Building equipment

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