On September 8, 2017, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico affected at least 2.3 million people in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, and claimed around 96 lives. The official reports count a total of 40,000 houses with a damage in Chiapas, and around 12,000 in Oaxaca.
Thankfully, there are some organizations already working on helping these victims; but there’s a lot to do and people in the affected areas have many needs. So, you if you were wondering how you can help the earthquake victims, here’s a list of what the Family Services Agency (DIF) is collecting:
- Blankets and bedding
- Clothes and shoes
- Canned tuna, sardines, beans, cereal, biscuits and instant coffee
- Powdered milk and water
- Soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste and sanitary towels
Where can you provide these items?
The local Red Cross, Walmart and Superama stores are collecting donations. Also, Starbucks Café is accepting donations such as: non-perishable foods, bottled water, clothing, blankets and personal hygiene products.
You can also donate cash to:
- Account #0404040406 at BBVA Bancomer in the name of Cruz Roja Mexicana IAP.
- Account #066 900 6667 at Banorte
In addition to this, Club Rotary Tulum with the help of Ex-Pats Tulum and Gaia Hotel Tulum, will be receiving items to help earthquake victims in Oaxaca and Chiapas until Tuesday 19, 2017.
They are collecting:
- Non-perishable foods
- Bottled water
- Blankets and towels
- Sleeping bags
- Lanterns and batteries
- First aid kits
You can bring these products to Gaia Hotel Tulum; for further information, call (984) 134 6082.
Although it’s been more than a week since the earthquake affected Mexico, it will take a long time for these communities to recover and any aid is still helpful.