ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tough, that's the word Nicole Tripp uses to describe the past few days, not knowing if her father and his wife Rosita survived the devastating typhoon.
Tripp's father, Ronald Welton is 75-years old, and his house one of the only ones left standing in the small village of the Philippines that he lives in. In 1990, Welton, a recently retired teacher from Bolton Landing, joined the Peace Corp. moving to a village in the Philippines, dedicating his life to service.
Tripp says she was able to communicate with her father via text message, now assured that he is okay, but she says the fight has just begun.
There's no FEMA, there's no government to come in, there's no mass amount of money -- these people were living poor to begin with.
Tripp says her father's house is now a refuge for the homeless, the fruit growing on his fruit trees their only access to food.
"They have nothing, there's nobody to come, there's no passable roads, there's no way these people don't have anything, it's our responsibility as human beings to understand that and to do something," she says.
And that's where's Tripp's 3rd grade son Carter, comes in.
"I felt really bad for my grandfather and everybody that lives there, so I decided I wanted to make the fundraiser to save up some money," he says.
On his own, Carter came up with the idea to try and raise money for people in the Philippines. His family helped him create a Facebook page for donations, and even got his elementary school on board.
A big idea for a small child, but Tripp is not surprised.
"He's my hero, he's got my father's soul, he's the one to give," he says.