Volunteers in a Brooklyn neighborhood that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy say they're "paying it forward" by helping victims of a recent typhoon in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the island nation in early November, killing more than 6,000 people, according to government estimates.
The Philippine Promise Fund in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn aims to send 1,000 backpacks full of hygienic and educational supplies to the victims of the storm.
Ari Kessler, the man behind the effort, said that he's gotten a lot of support from the community, and they've already put together 400 kits.
"A little from us means a lot to them, so it really doesn't take much to make a difference to people who have nothing," Kessler said. "We were fortunate enough, for example, after Sandy, to come back pretty much within weeks, and these people are not going to come back from months or years possibly."
Anyone who wants to help out can donate through the end of January by visiting the Fund's warehouse at 95 Union Street in Red Hook.
You can find out more information by calling or visiting philippinepromisefund.com.