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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

More than 2,000 reported dead after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines; thousands continue to suffer and die in the aftermath waiting for much needed supplies like food and water.

"I'm not sure why the nation as a whole or other surrounding areas are not answering the call," said Pam Houston with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, "I don't know if it's because we hear it more often now and people are kind of used to it and maybe they're getting a little numb."

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Houston and other colleagues collected $3,569.05 in donations on Wednesday to help the typhoon victims through Red Cross.

"The minute we heard the devastation, that's a part of our mission is to help and we felt called," she said, "Regardless if we never get to know anybody over there, we still care because they're still humans."

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One student donated nearly $340 he collected from classmates, adding that he still has family in the Philippines.

"His mom is over there, he has other family members over there and I believe he's spoken with everyone but they're still looking for an aunt. It kind of brings it even closer to home," said Houston.

She said even if people do not know a family member or friend or even a friend of a friend in the hard-hit city of Tacloban, people should still donate to help their fellow mankind.

She said, "Regardless if it's your mom, your sister, your brother or somebody you'll never see, it's a human life. They need help and if we don't help them, who will?"
If you would like to donate money to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, visit the Red Cross website.

Memphis Mission of Mercy is also packing 50 boxes worth of food and medical to the Philippines. Here is a link to items they are still looking to collect.

 

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