Volunteer from Boulder describes Typhoon Haiyan, calls home to promote relief efforts

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BOULDER, Colo. - After seeing first-hand the horrific deaths caused by Typhoon Haiyan, a Colorado volunteer called home to tell his parents he was safe but wanted the world to know how badly the Philippines needs help.

In an interview on ABC World News, Boulder-native Simon Kurzban described seeing "Truckloads of dead bodies -- hundreds," on the streets of Tacloban.

The 18-year-old was in the Philippine city of Tacloban, directly in the storm's path, with a host family. Together, they rushed onto the roof of the family's home as the water flooded in.

"He was very present to the suffering he witnessed," said Kurzba's father, Steve Kurzban.

Kurzban was there as part of a 6-week volunteer program to help youth in need. After this horrific experience, his family says he has traveled to Manila and will soon leave for Vietnam and Laos to complete the program.

"He didn't want to leave," Kurzban's mother, Vicki Kurzban, said.

"He felt guilty about leaving," Steve Kurzban clarified.

Kurzban called home at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, saying he was safe and wanting to spread the word of the damage in the Philippines.

Kurzban's father recalled that his son said, "I want whoever you text or email to find out where to send money, because I had a lot of friends who lost their homes."

Here are four links to organizations working on relief efforts and accepting donations:

-World Food Program USA: http://wfpusa.org/

-Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Typhoon-Haiyan-Disaster-Alert

-World Vision: http://www.worldvision.org/news-stories-videos/typhoon-haiyan-philippines

-CARE: http://www.care.org/emergencies/typhoon-haiyan

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