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How to Help Mexico

Rescue workers search for survivors after the September 19 earthquake

Rescue workers search for earthquake survivors. (AP)

September 22, 2017

As many of you must know, on September 7, Mexico suffered an 8.2-magnitude earthquake, followed by a 7.1-magnitude one on September 19. The successive disasters have claimed more than 270 lives, destroyed buildings, and driven tens of thousands of people from their homes. Rescue missions continue and the death toll is expected to rise. Recovery will take time, and aid and resources will be needed on an ongoing basis for the foreseeable future.

We at AS/COA believe it is important to support our Mexican neighbors in their time of need, and we ask that those able to contribute in some way consider doing so. Below you will find some of the ways to help, no matter where you’re located.

Red Cross Mexico: Visit the website (https://cruzrojadonaciones.org/) and create an account to make a monetary donation.

If you prefer to purchase specific, needed supplies, such as blankets, sheets, batteries, diapers, or lanterns, visit the organization’s Amazon wish list. Note: prices are in Mexican pesos (roughly 18 pesos to USD$1) and purchases can be made from any location.

UNICEF Mexico: Help youth displaced and affected by the disasters by making monetary donations via PayPal or credit card on the UNICEF Mexico website (https://www.donaunicef.org.mx/landing-terremoto/).

GoFundMe: A group of New York/New Jersey-based Mexicans, under the leadership of nonprofit organization MECENAS USA, is accepting donations and holding fundraisers to help Mexico recover. Donate via their GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/EarthquakeinMexico).