- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts have helped raised more than $80,000 to help victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippines last year.

The Springfield Diocese’s accounting department reported that a total of $78,041 has been remitted to Catholic Relief Services and another $2,407 has been received recently and will be sent to CRS within the next two weeks.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell called the generosity of parishioners “outstanding.”

The typhoon that struck the nation last November killed thousands of people and left many more injured, homeless and without livelihoods.

The money helps repair or build shelters and has brought clean water and sanitation services to thousands of displaced people.