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Hurricane Dean: The Aftermath…Helping our Neighbors

Posted by Tony & Cheri on August 23, 2007

Yesterday we promised a wrap up blog on Hurricane Dean today. We’re afraid that’s going to have to wait, because it’s not over for some people. Our friend Claudia, who works as a volunteer EMT for Cruz Roja (the Red Cross) today asked Playa locals to help gather, contribute and convoy supplies down the coast to the area just north of Chetumal that was hit so hard when Hurricane Dean made landfall. Early tomorrow morning, we will be joining the convoy with the Big Bastard Chevy Express van filled with clothing, rice, diapers, toilet paper, tents, bottled water and much more, all contributed by the people of Playa del Carmen.

There are many people trying to help in this area. The Mexican government and Army and international relief, including people from the United States, are all assisting. However, resources are strained because Hurricane Dean swept across the entire Yucatan peninsula, doing damage to both coasts, and then continued on to Mexico’s mainland. The people of Playa are going to try and do what they can to help their neighbors to the south. When we get back, we’ll do a new blog entry either Thursday night or Friday morning reporting back to you on how things look in the hurricane zone.

It could have so easily been us.

If you would like to help and you are in or near the Playa del Carmen area, you can drop off items such as utilitarian clothing, non perishable food, candles, flashlights, roofing material, plastic tarps, tents, diapers, powdered milk, rice, beans, cooking oil, spaghetti, cookies/crackers, sanitary napkins, and anything else you think might be helpful in a hurricane zone. Generators are especially needed. Donations will gladly be accepted at the Luna Blue Hotel & Garden, Calle 26 between 5th and 10th Avenue, between 7:30 am and 10 pm. Or, you can bring them to Cruz Roja (Red Cross) at the corner of Juarez and 25th Avenue. After tomorrow, there will be other vehicles headed down south as more items are collected.

Or, if you would like to donate money, which will without doubt be put to very good use in this area, we will be accepting paypal donations (or cash at the hotel). One hundred percent of the money collected will go to help hurricane victims in the southern part of Quintana Roo, either directly or through Cruz Roja.

To donate money via paypal, go to www.paypal.com and click on the “Send Money” tab. The paypal email account to use is:
helpthechicas@lunabluehotel.com. (We are using the same paypal account we used for the Bloody Chicas’ accident, since it’s already set up).

If you want to help via check, Laura the “Map Chick” is accepting checks in the US which she will forward to Claudia down here. 100% of these donations will be used by the Red Cross specifically in Mahahual. For more information, check out Hurricane Dean Assistance.

On a personal note, we want to report that Mama Cat had not one but two kittens during the storm. We’re going to call them both Dean. Mama and babies are doing just fine.

Many thanks to all of you,

Tony & Cheri

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