NAMPA -- More than a month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Mission Aviation Fellowship staff members are still helping deliver food and supplies to victims.
The group, based in Nampa, sent Disaster Response Manager John Woodberry to the region more than three weeks ago. He recently returned from the Philippines after helping organize hundreds of flights using MAF airplanes and helicopters.
"There was just devastation from the tidal surge, from the wind. Houses have been blown down, people are in urgent need," said Woodberry of the widespread damage.
Woodberry and his team helped deliver much-needed family packs to survivors on isolated islands.
"Family packs have a days supply of rice and a couple cans of fish for a family," he said.
MAF partnered with another group, New Tribes Mission, to transport the supplies.
"I mean we had people who would just be thanking our pilots even with tears in their eyes because they hadn't eaten for a while," said Woodberry.
Typhoon Haiyan made landfall six times. It hit the Philippines more than a month ago on November 8. Since then, MAF crews have completed 341 flights and delivered more than 91,000 pounds of aid.
"It was an awesome feeling to be able to give and serve other people," said Woodberry. "It was a privilege to be a part of it."
Although John Woodberry is now back in Nampa, several Mission Aviation Fellowship staff members are still in the Philippines. Group leaders told us another airplane and helicopter recently joined the effort to fly supplies to isolated islands.
Woodberry said MAF crews will most likely continue to work in the Philippines for a few more weeks.