A very emotional time for some of the Filipino-American community here in Augusta. Friends and family gathered to talk about how their loved ones are doing overseas, and plan what they are going to do to help.
Doctor Halbert Capuy could barely talk without tearing up. He says the devastation in his home country is heartbreaking, and the numbers are growing.
"There are a lot of stories here that their in-laws, their aunts, their sisters didn't make it, and its just unimaginable," said Halbert Capuy.
The Philippines main disaster agency marks the death toll today at 3, 633 and there are still 1,179 people missing.
"What we are more concerned about are those small villages that's been wiped out, islands that have been wiped out," said Halbert Capuy.
Doctor Livia Capuy said her husband Halbert, and a group from the Philippine American Medical Association of Georgia, known as PAMAG, were getting ready to leave for the Philippines the day the super typhoon hit.
"We were supposed to be there, we had all our passports ready to go the next day, and then some of our friends alerted us. I saw the eye of the hurricane and it was bigger than the Philippines," said Livia Capuy.
Livia Capuy said her first cousins survived the storm, but they still need help.
"It's very sad for all of us and more so because we've heard that they haven't eaten for days, and that there was a rain after the storm and they were just soaked there, no shelter, nothing," said Livia Capuy.
Now the Capuys are joining with the local community to develop ways to raise money and awareness.
The Capuys said monetary donations to the PAMAG Disaster Relief Fund are the best way to contribute to the cause.
With these donations they can help rebuild villages in the Philippines. The Capuys said $2,500 can build a house, and $50,000 can build a school.
You can make checks payable to the PAMAG Disaster Relief Fund and mail to:
Dr. Livia Capuy
1111 Garredd Blvd, Suite A,
Augusta, GA 30909