'House of Cards' team organizing aid for typhoon victims
By By David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun|
Nov 15, 2013 | 8:00 PM
With filming for Season 2 completed last week, members of the team making "House of Cards" in Baltimore are focusing their energies on helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Through Wednesday, workers on the show will be loading donated goods onto a tractor trailer that will be driven to Los Angeles and shipped to the Philippines, according to Rehya Young, assistant locations manager for the Netflix series produced by Media Rights Capital.
"We'll be accepting donations until Wednesday, Nov. 20, which will give us time to pack the truck properly and get it to L.A. on time," said Young.
The truck will be parked at the show's offices in Edgewood, MD. Those who think they might have something to donate can email Young: email@example.com. She will provide directions or make arrangements if the donor cannot transport the items.
The "House of Cards" team is co-ordinating its relief efforts with Operation USA, which will be shipping the goods from Los Angeles to the Philippines. Those who want to make a financial donation through Operation USA can do so here.
Several area businesses and unions that work with and on the series have already made contributions, according to Young.
"I.A.T.S.E. Local 487 (which represents our grip, electric, set dressing, locations, construction, art departments) have written a check for $1000 to Lowe's Home Improvement for supplies," Young wrote in an email.
"We received 100 cases of toilet paper from Bobby's Potty's (located in White Marsh). Also, Serious Grip & Electric has donated a generator, work lights, and extension cords," she added.
Party Plus -- which provides tents, chairs and other equipment for events -- donated two dozen dorm-sized refrigerators to the effort, Young said.
Operations USA sent the following list of items needed in the relief effort:
PORTABLE GENERATORS FLASHLIGHTS BATTERIES TOOLS COTS EXTENSION CORDS HAND SANITIZER ALCOHOL WIPES ACE BANDAGES LATEX/NITRILE GlOVES BODY WASH SOAP SHAMPOO TOOTHPASTE TOOTHBRUSHES BAND AIDS BANDAGES GAUZE PADS DISINFECTANTS ANTIBIOTIC/HYDROCORDISONE CREAM/ANTI INFLAMMATION OINTMENTS BABY BOTTLES SWABS WIPES WORK BOOTS WORK GLOVES