Sunday, October 6, 2013

Aurora responds to Hurricane Manuel in Mexico

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.   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 the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays from October 7 – October 18 at Family Focus of Aurora, 550 E. Second St., Aurora 60505.

In addition, items can also be delivered to 64 S. LaSalle Street during the following days and times:
  • Friday, October 11                  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 12              9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18                  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 19              9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

Items that are most in need are:
  • Toiletries: soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers
  • Medical: first-aid kits, bandages, crutches, portable wheel chairs, backpacks
  • Food: soup, beans, rice, and canned foods (i.e. tuna, vegetables, corn, etc.)
  • Cooking supplies: corn flour, sugar cubes

For more information, please contact Alderman Juany Garza at 630-499-5560

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