Marge Carson employees help Philippines typhoon victims
December 18, 2013,
POMONA, Calif. — Some of the Filipino families hit hard by the category-five Typhoon Haiyan will be able to celebrate Christmas in the midst of overwhelming devastation thanks to high-end furniture supplier Marge Carson.
The first distribution of supplies will reach families in need by Christmas.
November’s category-five Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines caused more than 5,200 fatalities and widespread devastation.
Through Give Back Cebu, an ongoing relief channel established by Marge Carson employees, the first container of donations will arrive in the Philippines in time for Christmas, providing food and supplies to families who suffered substantial property loss.
According to company officials, the Marge Carson factory in Cebu did not sustain damage from the Typhoon Haiyan, but many local families did not fare as well. Employees at the Marge Carson headquarters in Pomona, Calif., mobilized to help after hearing about the devastation, and the company followed with the announcement that it would match each donation to the relief effort.
"The losses that have been suffered in the Philippines are devastating and responding to a disaster of this magnitude was extremely important," said Jim LaBarge, owner and CEO of Marge Carson.
Initial donations fed more than 1,000 families, but when the Cebu factory employees delivered the relief goods in person, they realized that ongoing support would be needed by many families in the hard-hit area. In response they established Give Back Cebu, an ongoing channel of distribution that benefits families in need. In addition to supplies, monetary donations are being sent to assist with food provision.
"We are proud to be part of a whole community coalition led by Give Back Cebu and grateful to be able to make a meaningful difference in relief efforts," LaBarge said.