|Mango Cafe Help Center – Trish Gump photo|
Originally from Oaxaca the owners of the popular Mango Café on Isla Mujeres, Polo Avila and his wife Vicky Alonso Raymundo, set off last Friday with a truck load of blankets and medical supplies for family and friends.
We haven’t heard, but are hoping she has arrived safely.
They were still in Mexico City when the September 19th quake centred one hundred and twenty kilometers away collapsed dozens of buildings and destroyed the municipal infrastructure. Yazmin and Sean have contacted family and friends via social media to say they were safe.
Ruben has always had a generous heart, donating food to the orphanage and raising money for Isla’s disadvantaged children.
|TV Isla Mujeres – Civil Protection volunteers|
And a recent post from my neighbour Ronda Winn Roberts on Facebook: “A BIG thanks to Irma, Roselin, Monica, Ofelia, Josue, and Armin!! They left yesterday to spend a week helping the Mexico City earthquake victims.
They’re trained personnel from our Civil Protection department who are joining in the work of rescuing victims who may be trapped in the rubble. Putting their lives on the line for their fellow countrymen: Armín Ariel Tuz Dzul, Josué Amílcar Ravell Barrera, Ofelia Ayala Figueroa, Mónica Florentina Zúñiga Velázquez, Roselín López Velázquez and Irma Graciela Criollo Pérez. Come home safe & thank you!!”
|Novedades de Quintana Roo Cancun rescue dogs and handlers|
There a hundreds of personal stories that over time will come to light. Stories of heroic bravery, strength, sharing, and perseverance.
The police, army, navy, civil defense, medical professionals, and every able-bodied person are working to find survivors.
Our thoughts are with these folks, and we wish them well.
|CNN photo of September 7th quake|
If you can in any small way help out, through islanders like Polo, Ruben, Dr. Mora, or through a charity that you personally trust even small donations are greatly appreciated.
There are collection locations set up at the Ultramar passenger ferries, at the Chedraui grocery store, and at Ixchel Tat Oos in Centro.
CRIM Centro de Rehabilitación Integral Municipal on Isla Mujeres is collecting medical and hygiene products, clean clothes, towels, sheets, and blankets.