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Volunteers pack hundreds of meals for typhoon victims

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Volunteers in Norfolk, Neb. pack meals for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Volunteers in Norfolk, Neb. pack meals for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
NORFOLK, NE. (KTIV/US92) -

A Siouxland organization is pitching in to help the long-term relief efforts following the devastating typhoon in the Philippines.

Mercy Meals of Norfolk, Nebraska hosted an event to pack meals for those displaced by the storms.

Once packed, they'll be shipped overseas by the Norfolk-based Orphan Grain Train.

Hundreds showed up to help pack the meals on Tuesday.

Organizers called the outpouring of support overwhelming.

Mary Doyle, Mercy Meals Board Member said,  "I thought I was pretty organized. Then all of a sudden we were setting up another line, then another line, because we had so many volunteers that I didn't anticipate showing up."

The Orphan Grain Train already shipped off 288,000 meals early Tuesday morning.

Mercy Meal officials said they planned on packing another 800 boxes.  That's the equivalent of a half-a-million meals.

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