Fayetteville, Ga. (December 30, 2013) – When Narina Marin, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, learned that her hometown in the Philippines had been destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on November 5, 2013, she knew it would take a lot of time, money and resources to restore the village.
Concepcion, Marin’s hometown, is a small village in the northern portion of the Philippine Islands. The whole area had to be evacuated, including many of Marin’s friends.
“The village sustained a lot of damage from the storm,” Marin said. “A lot of property was destroyed and many people lost everything, including their homes.”
On hearing the news of the devastation, Marin’s coworkers in the Piedmont Fayette NICU began collecting money to help the people in Concepcion. They planned a surprise 50th birthday dinner for Marin and when she arrived, they presented her with $2,000 they raised to help the relief effort for the destroyed village.
“I was so surprised and grateful for this special gift,” said Marin.
With a portion of the money, Marin was able to provide food and drinking water to meet an immediate need for approximately 400 people. Since thousands of fishing boats were also lost in the storm, the rest of the money was used to purchase 10 boats to help the village rebuild the fishing industry that is vital to their economy.
“The people in the village were overwhelmed by the kindness of my coworkers at Piedmont Fayette,” said Marin.