A benefit for the home village in the Philippines of a Richland woman is planned from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Bookwalter Winery in Richland. The benefit will help buy food and supplies for the village.
After the typhoon last month, Elma Hey and her family sent more than $1,000 so her brother could travel from the village of San Miguel to Cebu City to buy food and supplies, said Floreine Turlington of West Richland, who is helping with the fundraiser.
Now Hey, her husband and daughter plan to fly to the Philippines and use donated money to buy food and roofing materials in Cebu City. Hey and her family then will travel another six hours, much of it by ferry, to Leyte Island to take the goods to San Miguel to help the villagers there, Turlington said. Most villagers farm or fish.
"She's from there," Turlington said. "She knows who to help."
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After the devastating typhoon, San Miguel was without help for seven days until some Australians arrived with food, Turlington said.
Members of the White Bluffs Quilt Museum and the Tri-City Quilters' Guild have donated items for a sale and silent auction. Donations also may be made at the quilt museum or by calling Turlington at 225-572-7188.
Bookwalter is at 894 Tulip Lane, Richland.