Chapel of the Chimes memorial park and cemetery will host a candlelight vigil and fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines Friday evening.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, located at 32992 Mission Blvd. at the Hayward-Union City border.
Donations made at the event will be matched up to $5,000, according to organizers. The money will benefit the American Red Cross’ relief efforts to help repair and rebuilding facilities, restore critical services, provide temporary housing and provide healthcare and food to those in need.
“Many of our employees and the families we serve have been impacted by this tragedy,” Robin Russell, Sales Manager of Hayward Chapel of the Chimes, said in a statement. “The vigil is an opportunity to come together as a community to honor the victims who have lost their lives and show support for everyone affected. It’s important for us to do our part to raise both much-needed funds as well as the spirits of those suffering during this time of grief.”
Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land.
About 4,000 deaths have been confirmed since the typhoon struck on Nov. 8 with at least 1,600 still unaccounted for. More than 13 million have been impacted by the typhoon, NPR reported Tuesday.
Other local groups are also doing their part to provide support to victims.
Also on Friday, various community and education groups will come together for Project Haiyan from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alvarado Elementary School, located at 3100 Fredi St. in Union City.
The event will include food, performances, martial arts demonstrations, clothing vendors and more, with proceeds going toward the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns’ relief efforts.