Mexican Red Cross distributes aid following hurricane Odile

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México D.F. 21 September, 2014.- Mexican Red Cross President, Fernando Suinaga Cárdenas, with the support of 40 volunteers, distribute 20 tons of humanitarian aid to the community of Ampliación Vista Hermosa in the municipality of Los Cabos, in the state of Southern Baja California.

The aid consist of 800 food parcels, 800 personal hygiene kits, aimed at helping 7,200 people in the aforementioned community which was one of the hardest hit by hurricane Odile.

Volunteers, most of them from the Sonora branch of the Mexican Red Cross helped facilitate the services delivered by six ambulances and two other units belonging to the municipality of Los Cabos.

Furthermore 350 food parcels will be distributed to different towns in the city of La Paz, capital of the state of Baja California. The help is expected to reach some 400,000 people.

Mexican Red Cross has mobilized 70,000 kilos of humanitarian aid to the state of Southern Baja California which will be distributed to those affected in the municipality of Los Cabos, the zone most heavily affected following hurricane Odile.

As of the moment the donation collection centre at National Society Headquarters has received 7 tons of humanitarian aid with the support of 120 volunteers. .

With the emergency far from over, the Red Cross has called on all sectors of the population to keep helping the affected in Southern Baja California.

The articles being received at Mexican Red Cross donation collection centres are:

Tuna, sardines, rice, beans, sugar, salt, coffee, noodle soup, lentils, canned vegetables, mayonnaise, cooking oil, cookies, chocolate, and powdered milk.

Likewise they will be collecting, cleaning materials like soap, buckets, brushes, towels, brooms, squeegees, detergent, as well as personal hygiene items, like diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, and shaving razors.

It must be noted that bottled water will only be received if its one litter. Water containers beyond one litter will not be received due to the difficulty in transferring them to Southern Baja California.

Mexican Red Cross calls on the general population to help their fellow countrymen through this tragedy, where never they may be using the open bank accounts to make their donations. Bancomer 0404040406 and Clabe Interbancaria 012180004040404062. In this way ensure assistance for those who need it the most as quickly as possible

The following articles will not be received by the Red Cross at any of the collection centres: clothing, medicine.

The Mexican Red Cross headquarters collection centre is located at Juan Luis Vives No. 200, Col. Polanco, behind Hospital Central de Polanco de Cruz Roja Mexicana and is open from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs. Due to security reason food will not be received outside this schedule.