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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