West Pak Avocado backs Philippines typhoon relief

02/27/2014 04:32:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Courtesy West Pak AvocadoFrom left, Galen Newhouse, vice president of West Pak Avocado Inc.; Carolina Leap, co-founder and president of BKP-California; Kevin Leap, West Pak salesman; and Randy Shoup, West Pak president, mark the donation of $15,000 for Philippines typhoon Haiyan relief.West Pak Avocado, Murrieta, Calif., has raised more than $15,000 for typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines in partnership with BKP-California Inc.

Carolina Leap, whose husband Kevin Leap is a West Pak salesman, lost six family members in the typhoon that struck the island nation in November. She is the co-founder and president of BKP-California, a nonprofit relief organization and literacy advocate for the Philippines.

Of the money raised by West Pak Avocado, its vendors and customers:

  • $10,000 will fund a community growing garden where participants can grow fruits and vegetables for their own consumption or for sale.
  • $5,000 will fund 12 non-motorized boats and other fishing equipment for 12 fishermen in an Eastern Samar village who lost boats to the typhoon. It’s through a BKP-California partnership with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, which runs an Adopt a Fisherman program.



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