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SDSU fundraising for typhoon victims

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The latest preliminary casualty figures from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan are being tallied.

There are 2,344 national confirmed deaths, with another 3,804 hurt, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The death and destruction have motivated some students at South Dakota State to do what they can to provide relief.

On Wednesday, KSFY News met an international student from the Philippines. She says the effects of the typhoon are personal and wants to make a difference.

"I do have a couple of friends that unfortunately have lost some of their family members and some other friends that have not heard from their relatives in that area. They don't know if they're safe," said Karla Mea Bautista, an international student at SDSU.

South Dakota State has four students and 3 staff members from the Philippines.

"There is a population of people from the Philippines right here in the Brookings area and so of course, anyway that we can reach out to them and help them out, that would be great," said Greg Wymer, International Students and Scholars Manager at SDSU.

"It means a lot to me. I feel sad that we're on the other side of the globe and we're far away from the families and not being able to be there and help so were just trying to do what we can from here," said Bautista.

Karla felt that she could inspire others to make a difference as well.

"So we immediately talked to the office of international affairs to get their support and we're trying to look into maybe tying it in with upcoming events that they have, which is "A Taste of the Philippines" happening next week," said Bautista.

"So our response was absolutely, anyway that we can help, let's do that," said Wymer.

"We're trying to coordinate with a lot of the departments here on campus but mainly driven by the office of international affairs with their support we're trying to put some boxes around campus to see if they can share a dollar because a dollar is about 42 pesos and that's a lot. It could do a lot. It could buy water, it could buy rice and other foods so were trying to focus on trying to see if they can share a dollar maybe around campus," said Bautista.

She says no amount is too small to help.

"I think the main point is that people should know what happened so that it's up to them if they want to donate or not or even just include them in their prayers," said Bautista.

If you would like to make a donation to SDSU for the Phillipine Red Cross, you can contact the International Affairs and Outreach office at (605) 688-4122 or send donations to Box 2155, Briggs Library Suite 119, Brookings, SD 57007.

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