Lynnwood collecting personal hygiene supplies for Philippines

In the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that tore through the Philippines last week, people across the globe are responding with emergency food, supplies, cash donations, and thoughts and prayers. The City of Lynnwood’s Diversity Commission is also springing into action.

Diversity Commissioner, Pining Reyes, who was born and raised in Kawit, Cavite in the Philippines says that her hometown was hit by severe flooding days prior to the typhoon landfall. Reyes said she “is heartbroken over the devastation” and is urging the Lynnwood community to come together to support the victims of this disaster.

In collaboration with the Filipino Community Center of Seattle, the City of Lynnwood and the Diversity Commission will be collecting personal hygiene products (such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo) and first aid kits and supplies. Drop off bins will be located at the Lynnwood Recreation Center and the Lynnwood Library through the end of November. The collected supplies will be delivered to the Filipino Community Center of Seattle for shipment to Tocloban, Philippines.

If you would like to make a cash donation to the relief efforts:

  • Mail or drop off donations to the Filipino Community Center 5740 Martin Luther King Way, Seattle 98118,
  • Make a donation to the American Red Cross at


If you are trying to reach a family member located in the Philippines, contact the American Red Cross Snohomish County office at 425-252-4103 and they can help initiate the process through the Red Cross’ Restoring Family Links program.

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