Doug Baldwin, the wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, was personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan which plowed through the Philippines. Baldwin revealed that many of his family members were in the Philippines including his grandmother.
Baldwin’s family was primarily located in Tacloban, a city in the northern part of the province of Leyte. Unfortunately, Tacloban received the worst of the typhoon.
It was (stressful) at first just because you didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said Thursday. “Most of them have been accounted for. One of my family member’s house is completely gone and the majority of my family members are staying in my grandmother’s sister’s house. The only thing is that it’s been difficult to get them food and water because it’s not been accessible to do so. But most of them we have heard from and they are doing okay.
Baldwin added that he is very seriously considering taking his off-season time to visit his relatives in the Philippines.
In support of the Philippine typhoon victims, the Seattle Seahawks had American Red Cross volunteers at all gates on Sunday for the 1:25 p.m. game against the Vikings. All donations went towards disaster relief in the Philippines.
Fans are also invited to donate online through the American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund at the following link: http://www.redcross.org/cm/seahawks-pub