Aurora groups working to help Mexico hurricane victims
Beacon-news Staff October 7, 2013 6:14PM
A man takes a photo with his phone as a car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the evacuations of thousands of people even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country's east and west coasts. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
Updated: October 7, 2013 7:39PM
Aurora is responding to a global call for assistance to Mexico in the wake of the devastating destruction caused by twin storms, Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid.
The hurricanes unleashed torrential rain that led to floods and mudslides. More than 1 million people have been affected across the country, more than 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes, and roughly 100 deaths have been confirmed.
Many of those affected, particularly in the state of Guerrero, have direct family ties to Aurora.
“For days following the disaster, I received calls asking how our residents could help,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza, who has assembled a team to assist with local efforts. “There were efforts happening in Chicago, but none here locally.”
Alderman Garza and her Ward 2 Committee are collaborating with the City of Aurora Mayor’s Office and Community Services Department, Boy Scouts Three Fires Council, and Family Focus of Aurora to assist the hurricane victims by collecting items to ship to Mexico.
Donations will be accepted between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, through Oct. 18, at Family Focus of Aurora, 550 E. Second St., Aurora.
In addition, items can also be delivered to 64 S. LaSalle St. during the following times:
Friday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Items that are most in need are:
Toiletries: soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers.
Medical: first-aid kits, bandages, crutches, portable wheelchairs, backpacks.
Food: soup, beans, rice, and canned foods (i.e. tuna, vegetables, corn, etc.).
Cooking supplies: corn flour, sugar cubes.
For more information, call Garza at 630-499-5560.