Thank You Padre Staff for Supporting the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  Your contributions totaling $1,000 in honor of the Padre Partners have been donated to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines).  As you know, the Philippines, a nation of more than 7,000 islands, faces enormous devastation in the aftermath of the typhoon which produced record strength winds along with high storm surges on November 8, 2013.  Approximately 10 million people across 40 provinces have been affected with as many as 600,000 people displaced.  According to Time magazine, the death toll from the disaster reached 5,719 on December 4, 2013, as the arduous process of counting bodies yet continues.  The American Red Cross is among those societies helping support the typhoon response efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.  You may not know that the Philippine Red Cross volunteers have been caring for people even before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall.  Prior to the arrival of the typhoon, the Philippine Red Cross worked closely with local disaster authorities to support preemptive evacuations, helping move more than 125,000 families to safer shelters.  The Philippine Red Cross also disseminated early warning messages and safety tips in areas along the path of the typhoon.