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Local Lutherans, Catholic Archdiocese Sending Aid to Philippines

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A man (C) walks among debris of destroyed houses in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013. One of the strongest typhoons on record killed more than 100 people as savage winds and giant waves flattened communities across the Philippines, authorities said on November 9 while corpses lay amid the devastation. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

A man (C) walks among debris of destroyed houses in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013. One of the strongest typhoons on record killed more than 100 people as savage winds and giant waves flattened communities across the Philippines, authorities said on November 9 while corpses lay amid the devastation. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Local church relief agencies are pitching in to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

St. Louis-based Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has already sent $150,000 to the Lutheran Church in the Philippines to provide immediate assistance.

Rev. Glenn Merritt, Director of the Missouri Synod’s disaster response, leaves Friday to visit the worst-hit areas.

“We will be on-site, going to the areas in Leyte and also in Cebu, going to the homes that were most dramatically affected,” Merritt said. “Homes are not just damaged, they’re completely destroyed.”

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, meanwhile, has called for a special collection this weekend at all masses to aid the victims.

An official tally estimates nearly 2,500 people have been killed in the storm though aid groups worry that number could climb.

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