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AARP to match Yolanda donations dollar-for-dollar.

Washington -- AARP Foundation has established a relief fund to support victims devastated by Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan), one of the strongest storms to make landfall in recorded history.

AARP and AARP Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $500,000, which could mean up to $1,000,000 in aid. The matching program will be administered through AARP Foundation.

Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless in the Philippines, one of the most densely populated countries in the world and has an estimated 1.3 million people aged 50 and older who could be affected. Many survivors of the typhoon are now struggling to find food and shelter in the sea of debris that used to be their homes and neighborhoods.

"AARP Foundation's efforts around typhoon relief offer AARP members and others who are concerned, a way to contribute quickly and securely," said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. "Through our secure website those who choose to give can do so with the confidence that their tax-deductible donations will go directly to those in need."

In response to the disaster, AARP Foundation will work with relief organizations such as HelpAge, CARE and other groups to provide aid to the victims in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. Moreover, 100 percent of all funds raised will go to organizations helping the victims of this typhoon.

An immediate response to this urgent appeal will allow AARP Foundation to expedite support to those who need it now.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Nov 13, 2013
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