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Laurel Couple Helps Philippine Typhoon Victims

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LAUREL, Miss. - A Laurel couple who does mission work overseas is asking for the Pine Belt community to help those who were affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.

Darrell and Denise Hutto have been doing mission trips since 1982.

"We've been working in the Philippines for over 30 plus years," Darrell Hutto said.

He said the Grace International World Outreach is a Laurel based missionary organization. The had more than 300 workers in the Philippines before the typhoon it. They were working in schools, churches, and rescue centers.

"We have a strong ground base and we lived there for about 6 years," he said.

Darrell said they lost contact with their workers when the storm hit.

"The strength of this one is very surprising and it hit directly through our area," he said.

"It was just until the day before yesterday that we started getting some contact them and with generators in the area,"he said.

He said none of his workers were killed, but it hurts to see so many others lose their lives. Now they are trying to help others who are in need.

"Our workers are trying to help the areas that were hit the hardest and help those people first," he said. "In our area they are still needing food and water."

His wife Denise said the people who live there still need more help.

"The need is just so great and we are so blessed in this country and appreciate everyone who has had a part in this," she said.

Darrell said the best way to give back is through a monetary donation. For anyone who would like to help out visit their website.

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