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Borderland family's loved ones displaced in the Philippines

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Eighty-seven-year old Luz Ulrickson looks through pictures of a country that was once her home.

Ulrickson was raised in the southern part of the Philippines and she still has three siblings living there.

Her brother, Antonio Ramos, lives near the area hit hard by the typhoon.

"That's the worst one that ever happened," Ulrickson said. "We always had typhoons when I was there. Its common. But this one is really, really bad."

When Ulrickson first heard about the devastation brought on by the typhoon, there was one thought that immediately came to mind.

"My brother's house would be gone for sure, but I wasn't sure if he was alive or what," Ulrickson said.

Ulrickson and her daughter, Nancy Ulrickson Swopes, glued their eyes to news websites and social media looking for their loved ones in the pictures.

"When the news was coming out with the death toll being at 10,000, we thought for sure he wasn't going to make it," Swopes said.

It was six days later when Ulrickson got the news that her brother had survived the typhoon, but his home was completely destroyed.

"They have a tent, they bought a tent and they are living in a tent," Ulrickson said.

Ulrickson's brother, Antonio, lost everything, has to wait days for food, and it could be a year before they can rebuild their house.

More than 4,000 people were killed and at least 360,000 have been displaced by the typhoon.

Thousands of other homes and buildings were left in ruins, including a hospital in Tacloban.

"The patients were lying on the floor," Ulrickson said. "We need prayers, they need a lot of help there not only my brother but the rest of the people."

"I know a lot of people lost their lives so, we're lucky," Swopes said.

Barnett Harley-Davidson in El Paso will be holding a relief effort Nov. 23 24 at 12 p.m. at their store.

People can bring in donations of any amount in the form of a check, cash, or credit card.

Donors will receive free lunch from Whataburger and Rudy's.

 

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