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Global Samaritan Resources teams up with ACU to get students involved in Philippines relief effort

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 13 2013 05:33:57 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 07:46:05 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

It's been nearly a week since one of the strongest recorded storms in history ripped through parts of the Philippines.

More than 2 million people in the country need aid, according to their government. Global Samaritan Resources said that helping hand can be extended right from Abilene.   

Wednesday, the non-profit organization teamed up with Abilene Christian University to let students know what they can do to get involved.

"One of the things they are in desperate need of is clean drinking water," said Bob Strader of ACU's Center for Christian Service and Leadership.

Global Samaritan Resources is using funds they have set aside to match donations for water purification straws. So a $5 donation will send a $10 straw to the Philippines.

One straw cleans a minimum of 800 liters of water. That's about two to three liters of water per day for an entire year.

Myra Dean, Director of Development for Global Samaritan Resources said they are hoping students will get involved.

"For $5 they can save a life and it's within a young person's budget and it's something where they know they're making an immediate difference," said Dean.

Students at a special presentation at ACU said the tragedy makes them want to help.

"It really makes me sad to hear that something like that has devastated so many people but seeing that they're encouraging something that is really awesome," said sophomore Heather Johnston.

Global Samaritan Resources said they are hoping to get at least 500 straws funded and to the area within the next two weeks.