11/11/2013 21:02 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 18:56 EST

Torontonians lend a hand in aftermath of typhoon

Torontonians are doing what they can to help the people living in the Philippines, who are trying to recover from the devastating typhoon that struck just days ago.

Authorities believe that typhoon Haiyan killed 10,000 or more people, though they have confirmed just over 900 deaths to date.

In total, the typhoon is estimated to have affected the lives of nearly 10 million people across 41 provinces.

At Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Toronto, near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West, families gathered on Monday to round up food, clothes and other supplies for people in need overseas.

Shira Giganto told CBC News that she has family in Tacloban, a city that was near the centre of the storm.

With communications down, she hasn’t heard from anyone.

"It’s just so hard to see those people have nothing to eat," said Giganto, who brought clothes with her to donate. "I hope in a small way, you know, I can help."

Victor Baylon said he only received word yesterday that his mother and aunt had been safely evacuated from the town where they live. His sister-in-law is still is still missing.

"I could barely sleep because I’m thinking, I’m speculating what’s going to happen," he said Monday.

Click on the video above to see a full report from the CBC’s Steven D’Souza.