NEW ORLEANS - It's been 10 days since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines.
Aida Grace still doesn't know if her uncle and cousin survived.
“It's stressful and it's so heavy that sometimes I don't want to talk about it, even in my work, because like right now I have got tears,” said Grace.
Grace is a Metairie teacher with lots of family in the Philippines. So far, the death toll stands at 4,000 nationwide. Hundreds are missing.
“They're collecting a lot of bodies now. It's not over yet,” said Grace.
But she is keeping the faith.
“I can feel it, like maybe he's alive.”
Aida Grace and her husband, Bob Grace, are doing their part to help. They’re leaders of the New Orleans Filipino American Lions Club, which has set up a disaster relief fund.
“This is going to be an ongoing thing and it's not going to last for a year. It's going to last for many years,” said Bob Grace, president of the Filipino American Lions Club.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans is also working to help. Archbishop Gregory Aymond is calling on local church parishes to donate to relief efforts. Aymond will send those donations to bishops in the Philippines to help rebuild.
“In the mail today I had a stack of letters and donations,” said Aymond. “We do this not only because we're from New Orleans and we know what these tragedies are all about but also these are our brothers and sisters in faith and in the human race.”
As for Grace, she's hoping for the best and doing what she can to help.
“We believe in prayers,” she said.
There are a number of ways you can contribute to relief efforts. You can donate to the Filipino American Lions Club Disaster Relief Fund at any Capitol One bank.
Monetary donations can also be made payable to the Philippine United Council of Louisiana and mailed to the Philippine Relief Fund at De La Salle High School at 5300 St. Charles Ave.
Non perishable items can be dropped off at De La Salle High School through Nov. 30.
That's the day a fundraiser will be held to support relief efforts from 2 to 5 p.m.
There will be food, drinks, raffles, a silent auction and entertainment for a donation of $20 per person or $35 per couple.
You can also donate to Catholic Relief Services at CRS.org, which has boots on the ground.
Or you can send Typhoon Haiyan Relief donations to Archbishop Aymond’s attention at the chancery, 7887 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125.