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Minnesotans assist in Philippines relief effort; how you can help

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Relief groups in Minnesota are stepping up to provide assistance to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, where the death toll is estimated to exceed 2,000.

Super Typhoon Haiyan hammered the Pacific archipelago last Friday, packing sustained winds of 195 mph, which was more powerful than Hurricane Katrina, NBC News reported. Some survivors were seen Tuesday scouring the disaster zone for scraps of food.

Coon Rapids-based Feed My Starving Children is working feverishly to provide food to the region. WCCO said the Christian nonprofit has already distributed half a million meals to typhoon survivors and are planning to send 2.5 million more.

The American Refugee Committee (ARC) in Minneapolis is sending two Minnesota volunteers with experience in international relief and emergency response into the heart of the damage.

How you can help

Feed My Starving Children relies on volunteer meal-packers and donors to feed malnourished countries around the world. Click here for volunteer information.

ARC also accepts donations that allow their volunteers to respond to disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

The Philippine Center of Minnesota provided a link to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.

CNN has a list of emergency support organizations providing relief to the region that accept donations. FOX 9 also compiled a list.

If you're looking for someone missing in the Philippines, Google.org launched the Typhoon Haiyan Person Finder.

KARE 11 has a story about a mother in Faribault who finally got the call Monday from her son in the Philippines who said he was OK.

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