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Sister Mary Scholastica Ballos, registrar of the Holy Infant College in Tacloban City, thanked Imelda Martin-Hum, president of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO), for 24 balikbayan boxes of books she donated to the college.

Hum told the Filipino Star News that she responded to an appeal by Balllos for donation of books after she learned that all the books in the school’s library were damaged in the storm surge that swept Tacloban and nearby areas when super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) slammed the Visayas regions on Nov. 8, 2013.

Ballos aired the appeal for donation of books when a team of the Filamcco Foundation composed of Hum, Becky Tungol, Amy Risvold and Efren Balancio went to Tacloban last August to distribute funds and in-kind assistance to the typhoon victims. The Filamcco Foundation headed by Dr. Ernestina Mac had earlier raised funds for the benefit of the Yolanda victims.

The Holy Infant College, whose buildings and other facilities were destroyed by the typhoon, was one of the recipients of the foundation’s fund assistance. It received P150,000 from the foundation.                       

In an email sent recently to Hum, Sister Ballos stated, “Thanks a lot for the 24 boxes of books, etc you have sent us. Two boxes arrived last week and 22 more boxes arrived yesterday. The Sisters are most grateful to you. The things you have sent are most useful, the books and everything. You have sent us exactly what we needed. You really gave us what we asked for.

“May Infant Jesus reward you for your goodness and generosity. We will be praying for you very specially at this Christmas season. We are looking forward to your coming back to Tacloban.”

Hum said that she and volunteers donated and solicited the 24 balikbayan boxes of books she sent to the Holy Infant College. She said she also paid the fees for the shipment of the boxes.     

Hum also said that she sent last Saturday (Nov. 29) 35 more boxes of books and school supplies to Tacloban and Sorsogon, Sorsogon.

She said she had already shipped a total of 150 boxes of books and recycled school supplies to the Philippines. Six boxes were sent to Pangasinan, and eight others were shipped to Mindanao. Several boxes of books were donated by New York Life Insurance agent Nino Cugtas. Four boxes books were donated by Doctor Mac.

Hum also said she is constructing a library in Ramon, Isabela, and another in Sorsogon.