LIers lend a hand to help flood victims in Philippines

Long Islanders are opening their hearts and wallets to help the victims of the devastating flashfloods that have left more than 1,000 people dead in the Philippines.Mac Villapando, of Miller Place, watched in horror Saturday as images of the destruction in his home country of the Philippines poured in. Villapando's wife, Estela, grew up on the devastated southern island of Mindanao, and her two sisters still live there. She was able to reach them after the storm and they said they're fine, but they know many people who aren't.So the Villapandos, who have lived on Long Island for about 30 years, have sprung into action, joining a growing relief effort to help those affected by the storm.The couple became active in the TANGLAW Filipino-American Society of Long Island, which is collecting money to help the people who so desperately need it. The Villapandos are hoping that during the Christmas season, Long Islanders will be charitable to those less fortunate. TANGLAW Filipino-American Society of Long Island (NY), Inc.Salvation Army donations Red Cross DonationsKnights of Columbus DonationsKnights of Columbus website