Leonora: Storm damage remains

FAIRMONT – It’s been almost a year since Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Since then, Leonora Chadderdon of Fairmont has been raising funds to help her many family members in the Philippines rebuild their homes.

“They still have lots of work to do,” she said.

Chadderdon, owner and operator of Leonora’s Men and Women’s Beauty Salon in downtown Fairmont, has used specials in her store to help raise money to help her family.

From 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, there will be a free will offering pancake breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont. Funds raised will go toward Chadderdon’s family.

“I’ve been keeping track of how much I raised and what I’ve sent over,” she said. “I thought $1,000 was going to be enough.”

But as the family started rebuilding, they ran into more problems.

“As they got started, they learned the foundation was rotten,” Chadderdon said of one family member’s house. “They couldn’t put up anything new until that was taken down … They still need a roof, and she washes clothes for $8 a day three days a week.”

Along with store specials, Chadderdon has been making and selling egg rolls at her church.

So far, Chadderdon has sent $1,700 to her family in the Philippines. She is also planning a trip to the Philippines this winter.

“It’s a hard life over there,” she said. “The Filipinos, we always care for and help one another, and that is why I’m doing this. I’m here in the U.S., and I have more income than they do over there, so I share.”