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Nov 24, 2013 9:12 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donates $10,000 to Direct Relief International

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated $10,000 to Direct Relief International Friday night, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the Philippines.

Direct Relief International is a Santa Barbara based non-profit that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by natural disasters.

The check was given to Susan Fowler of Direct Relief just before the Macho Gwapita concert, which featured Filipino entertainers, Rico Puno and Ai Ai Delas Alas.

"Our hearts go out to the people in the Philippines and the families abroad who have been affected by this devastating storm. We're proud to support a local non-profit that's renowned for its global efforts to provide for those in need. We hope this grant helps Direct Relief International continue its mission to bring critical medical care to those in the Philippines," said Vincent Armenta, Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Direct Relief International relies on contributions from individuals, pharmaceutical companies, and medical equipment manufacturers.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $18 million to hundreds of groups, organizations, and schools in the community and across the nation.

To learn more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, click here.

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