A Seattle Seahawk is trying to raise money and awareness for the disaster in the Philippines that is impacting his own family.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin signed autographs for his fans Tuesday at Puyallup's South Hill Mall. He also took to Twitter, asking his followers to give to the Red Cross.
In the US, we are blessed with comforts others don’t have. My family needs your help. Even your prayers will do! http://t.co/5NIzX0JRJu— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) November 12, 2013
Baldwin, who is a quarter Filipino, says his grandmother’s family still lives in Tacloban, Leyte, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. After many attempts, he said they were finally able to reach family members affected by the typhoon.
“Not everybody has been accounted for, but the majority of the family is,” said Baldwin. “They're okay, they're safe. They have food and water and they have shelter. It was good relief for that, my grandmother, obviously being so close to them even though they're across the water. It was good to hear from them."
Baldwin says one of the challenges is for aid to reach people who need it.
“We’ve already sent a whole bunch of money and stuff that they need, but the unfortunate part is that it’s not easily accessible for them to go and retrieve it. So right now, my family we’re doing all that we can, mainly just the prayers and the positive thoughts because it’s very difficult for them right now to get anything,” he said.
Baldwin said he took to Twitter to help raise awareness among Seahawks fans.
“I just wanted to get the word out there because the Philippines do need help,” Baldwin added.”And any way our fans, the 12th Man, as wonderful as they are, I know they’ll be willing to help out and support the Philippines and the cause.”
Red Cross volunteers will be outside CenturyLink Field at this Sunday’s game to collect money for relief efforts in the Philippines. He says the team plans to also put a link to Red Cross’ donation site on Seahawks.com. Verizon Wireless – where Baldwin greeted fans at the store in Puyallup Tuesday – has also committed $100,000 to the Red Cross as well.
Baldwin also took to Twitter last week to express his fondness for a popular Filipino dish: lumpia.
I know my Filipino peeps know what’s up: pic.twitter.com/1ie9xBVxPb— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) November 5, 2013
"My grandma made the lumpia when she was here. So she froze them for me so I can take them out and cook them every once in a while," said Baldwin. "Every time she comes here, she wraps some up for me so I can have it whenever I want to."