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Actress Vanessa Hudgens, the 24-year-old star of Spring Breakers, stopped by the HFPA offices to pick a check for $100,000 on behalf of UNICEF to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Vanessa, whose mother Gina is from Manila, said the donation will help in the recovery programs for the children affected by the typhoon, which displaced more than three million and killed more than 5,200 people in the Central Philippines since the catastrophic storm hit land on November 8.
Super Typhoon Haiyan was the most powerful storm ever to make landfall and the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, producing winds of up to 195 mph and storm surges that devastated many coastal communities. The destruction caused by this epic storm has created an urgent need for humanitarian efforts in the area.
“The residents of the Philippines have suffered through a horrible tragedy and the HFPA, which has always supported charitable causes, is happy to donate the sum of $100.000 to assist in the efforts to bring aid to the devastated areas,” said HFPA President Theo Kingma.
The HFPA continues to support natural disasters both internationally and domestically including those affected last year by the Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines, 2011 Haitian earthquake, the Japanese tsunami as well as Hurricane Katrina affecting New Orleans in 2005.