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James Diehl's office runneth over

Donations pour in for Philippines relief effort
By Ron MacArthur | Dec 02, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Amid the piles of donations, James Diehl has left a small path to reach his desk at his Sussex County Association of Realtors office.

James Diehl said he is overwhelmed with the outpouring of donations for a Philippines relief effort he is spearheading. Other people are collecting donations for him because his office at the Sussex County Association of Realtors is overloaded.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the island nation the first week in November leaving behind a path of death and destruction.

Diehl's request for a truck to transport the donated items to Wilmington for shipping was answered by Rehoboth Home Services. Owner Scott Smith helped Diehl load and transport the items on Nov. 26.

They planned to transport the donated items this week, but bad weather delayed the trip until after the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Partnering with the Filipino-American Society of Delaware, Diehl assisted the relief effort by collecting items at his office along Route 9 near Georgetown. Diehl said he can accept cash donations at the office or checks can be mailed to: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, 396 Cypress Way, Bear, DE 19701.

Diehl's wife, Dottie, and two daughters, Christina and Isabella, are living with her ill father in Cepu City in the Philippines. which was not the epicenter of the storm. Even so, the city received significant damage, Diehl said.

A New York cargo company is working with the Filipino-American Society to ship everything free of charge. Once items arrive in the Philippines, they will be distributed by the ABS-CBN Save Our Family Members Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philippines' largest TV network.

Phone Diehl at 855-2300, ext. 205, or via his cell phone at 302-222-4390 for more information.

Diehl is director of marketing and communications for the Sussex County Association of Realtors.

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