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Local residents help typhoon victims

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Some area residents have not forgotten the victims of a deadly typhoon, and they spent part of their holiday week boxing up thousands of meals.

The meals will feed those still hurting from the typhoon that struck the Philippines in November.

An assembly line of local kids and their parents packed and sealed the packages, which contained rice, soy and vitamins.

The group behind the effort, Operation Youthfront, said the goal is to send 200,000 meals to the Philippines for people who've been left with next to nothing.

"Mostly the poor, those living in shanty-type of construction. It'll be years before they recover. The first wave of food comes in. but this food is really designed for the second and third wave when people have forgotten what's happened over there," said Steve Schanker, who volunteered along with his two children.

He said his wife is a Filipino so they have special concerns for that country and its people.

"Giving is better than getting," Schanker said.

Eric Schanker, 13, said the devastation is heartbreaking.

"It's sad. Houses are ruined. It's destroyed," he said.

Youthfront said it's organizing another event like this one on President's Day.

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