Mérida, Yucatán — A truck filled with food, clothing and non-perishable products left the Municipal Palace this week, headed for earthquake-stricken Atlixco, Puebla.
The aid vehicle sent by the Ayuntamiento carried 12 tons of articles donated by staff and members of the public. Earlier, another truck with another 12 tons of aid was sent to Oaxaca.
Loreto Villanueva, director of the Municipal DIF, said that more than 1,000 people have approached the City Council to volunteer.
One of them is Oaxaca native Lizari Vázquez, 20, who volunteers in the collection center at the Municipal Palace.
“I’m helping because I’m Oaxacan and my countrymen need it,” said Vázquez. “I decided to dedicate all possible time to this cause because although my family did not suffer affectations, I carry the Zapotec blood in my veins.”
Oaxaca is a state that needs a lot of help, and after two weeks, assistance has still not reached many areas, he said.
“I’m sure that from where they are they will thank you,” added the young man, who is studying criminology at a local university.
Erick Manuel León Domínguez, 16, says that they mobilized because they know that Mexicans from other states would do the same for Mérida.
“If we support them, and tomorrow something happens to us, they can help us,” said León Domínguez. “Also, I’m doing a good work with all my friends, which motivates me more.”
Loreto Villanueva added that companies such as the Walmart in Caucel have approached the Municipal DIF to provide assistance, as well as schools and institutions such as the Universidad Privada de la Península, Dominga Canto Pastrana, Renacimiento, Universidad Anáhuac Mayab, Pedro Pablo Echeverría, and El Centro de Atención a Madres Solteras de Yucatán.
More vehicles with provisions will head out Monday.
Source: Press release