FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - The typhoon of the century ripped through the Philippines killing thousands of people, destroying homes and livelihoods. Melisa Post of Frankfort, originally from the Philippines said her entire family still resides in the country, endured and survived the storm that destroyed so many lives.
Post grew up in the town of Leyte. She is the oldest of eight children. The night the typhoon hit, Post said she was glued to her television, " I tried to call them on a Friday night and I couldn't get a hold of them. I couldn't get hold of them for two days and I just keep praying and calling them every hour."
Post, who has lived in the United States for 22 years says this is the first time in her life she's felt despair, " I feel hopeless that I can't do anything."
She didn't reach her family until Sunday after the storm. When she finally spoke to her brother, she found out three of her siblings and her mother lost their homes completely. They are now living with Posts brother whose home was partially destroyed, but livable. She can only reach them at certain times. Her family has no cell-phone service or internet, so they travel by bus and boat for hours to a neighboring city where they can receive cell-phone service.
Post sent her family $2,000 dollars and will continue sending more. She plans to hold a fundraiser in upcoming weeks to help her family, who lost everything.