“Thank god,” she said when she learned he had recently contacted her sister. “I kept calling and calling,” she said. Prayers are the “number one” way to help, and if anyone can offer more, she would encourage that.
People who want to help should “pray for the people,” Palada said, and if they want a more tangible way, they can contact him and send donations to the church. He can be reached at the church at 432-2432, or his home at 783-2044.
Anyone wanting to make a donation can send checks marked “Philippine Typhoon Relief” made out to First Baptist Church, 71 Chestnut St.*, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
*Editor's note: The address of the church was corrected at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.