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The Kapulungan ng mga Katolikong Pilipino sa Michigan (KKPM) reported that a fund drive it had launched for the typhoon Yolanda victims in Leyte, Philippines had collected $16,886.93 in donations as of Dec. 16, 2013.

KKPM President Billie Belen said the fund-raising drive is still ongoing and kind people may still send their donations that will benefit the typhoon victims who are parishioners in the Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte.

Belen said the collected funds will be turned over to Archdiocese of Palo through Archbishop John Du.

“We are still waiting for the archbishop’s instructions and we’re requested to hold on to the funds until they come up with a list of the displaced parishioners,” she said.

She said KKPM received only cash donations, nothing in kind.

The money from St. Rene Goupil church was collected in the last weekend of November.

Belen said Fr. Steve Koehler, the priest at St. Rene Goupil church, is “very supportive of us Filipinos and allocated the whole collection for the KKPM fund campaign.”

“Until now, if a parishioner writes a check with Typhoon Yolanda on the memo, the check is sent to us,” she also said.

Of the total donation of $16,000, $2,888.04 represented the collections of Samahang Sto Niño sa Michigan with the fund drive being coordinated by Jonathan Pascua.

Belen also said that Our Lady Queen of Peace church in Harper Woods also had a second collection for the fund drive.