City of Kingston gathering flashlights and batteries for typhoon relief

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) The city of Kingston is collecting flashlights and batteries to send to the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan relief.

City Manager David Bolling is organizing the collection. He started asking people to drop off flashlights and batteries through Facebook on Monday, and has been happy with how much has been donated.

"We've got about 120 already, and we're hoping to add to that," Bolling said.

The flashlights and batteries will be boxed up and packaged beginning Friday so that it gets to the Philippines by early next week.

Bolling is hoping more people will stop by City Hall to donate and help.

There are several other options for people to donate to relief efforts.

The city of Clinton is also hosting a flashlight and battery drop off.

The Filipino American Catholic Community of East Tennessee is asking for monetary donations to be sent to Sacred Heart Church so it can be sent to the Arch Diocese in Taclaban.

The American Red Cross is also accepting donations through its website,

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