Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Giving disaster relief via CAM Int'l

Perhaps some of you have seen in my Facebook page or on the blog the incredible flooding that has occurred here due to intense rains last week, and the resultant break in a levy in an open canal sewer/drainage system, very close to where we live. Those of you who have been here...the main highway very close to where we live is totally engulfed by nasty water. Amazingly, the breach in the canal wall still has not been repaired, so the flooding continues to get worse instead of better.

I took video of this last week. You can see this video on youtube by clicking these links:

This flooding has gotten worse, instead of better. Remarkably, it has gotten very little press, even here in Mexico, in spite of the fact that the flooding closes a MAJOR artery in and out of the city, to and from Puebla. A huge amount of brown water continues to pour from the hole in the dike, flooding more and more neighborhoods. It will probably be at least 2 weeks, and probably as long as a month, until the highway opens again, but many people have already lost everything. Can you imagine sewer water in your refrigerator, your stove, your pantry?

To give you an idea...yesterday I had to go to downtown Mexico City. It took me 3 1/2 hours to return the 20 miles to our home. Transportation is absolutely insane.

CAM Int'l has created an account number to help in cases like these. If you would desire to give to our relief efforts here, please send a check to:

CAM Int'l
8625 La Prada Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228

CAM's Emergency Relief fund number is #062250. Put this number on the memo line, with a note that it's for the flooding in Mexico.

It would be very helpful for me to know how much you've sent even before CAM receives the check, so that I know how much money I can spend.

We have already begun to collect food items from various sources. Our idea is to start a soup kitchen sort of idea as close as we can get to the flooded area, providing 200-400 breakfasts every day for a while. We would also, of course, use this opportunity as an outreach.

Thanks for your support in this. If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them.

Check out the blog for updates: www.ixtapalucafryed.blogspot.com


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