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San Diegans continue to support relief efforts

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS 8) - It's been more than two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines and San Diegans continue to show their support for the victims.

Food clothing and medical drives continue around the county, and Sunday a fundraising concert was held in National City.

While we're not seeing as many images from the Philippines as we were a couple of weeks ago -- people here in San Diego want to make sure the area isn't forgotten.

More than two weeks have passed since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged parts of the Philippines killing thousands.

Though help has made its way to the area, including a 50 ton shipment that left LAX Saturday night with $10 million worth of medical supplies and personal care products, more is still needed which is why the efforts here continue.

At National City's Pepper Park Sunday, the public was invited to take part in a fundraiser to benefit Gawad Kalinga, an organization providing food packs and ground-support for Haiyan victims. 

"It's all for giving and donating to Gawad Kalinga and that's the main thing we're out here for," event organizer Anthony Mirador said.

Money was raised by selling T-shirts and raffle tickets.

AT&T Filipino-American employees stepped up by presenting a $1,000 check with a promise to give $15,000 more.

"We're here to give hope to those that are still alive and need assistance and we're also here to honor those working tirelessly on the ground to help the Philippines," Derick Aguinaldo said.

Over at the San Diego Jewish Academy -- 35 vendors came together for a craft fair organized by students in just 10 days. 

"I've had all week...people coming in, helping me, making flyers. I've had students at the gate holding flyers all week, saying come on Sunday, come support the Philippines. It all came together because of their help, so that was really wonderful," event organizer Adriana Arriola said.

Senior Hannah Kurtin is one of those students. She says it was never an issue of wanting to help but rather how quickly they could make it come together. 

"We're here through preschool through 12th grade and we're taught from the beginning about tikkun olam, which is repairing the world and sadaqah, which is giving to those who need it," she said. 

Organizers of the craft fair tell CBS News 8 they were hoping to raise thousands of dollars.

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