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      Local volunteers headed to the Philippines

      A group of volunteers from Northwest Ohio left for the Philippines on Thursday to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The group is being led by Dr. Rich Paat. "Our team will have 31 duffle bags filled with medicine and equipment and we will be going to an area that does not have a hospital, so the people are just waiting for us," Dr. Paat said. WNWO anchor Jim Blue is accompanying the group and will report on the group's efforts. READ: Typhoon-struck Philippine city begins mass burial"This is one of the worst disasters this decade and perhaps the century and it's really important to show the connection between the people here in Toledo and the folks over in the Philippines," Mr. Blue said.

      The group will arrive in the Philippines on Friday night. They will be met at the airport by the mayor of the village of New Washington. The mayor will escort the volunteers through the village.