Lions & Salvadoran Community host “El Salvador Relief Drive”

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 44            November 19, 2009

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Responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida, government agencies and private enterprises in El Salvador are trying to re-establish communications, utilities, and roads damaged by landslides and flooding in the Central American nation. The Government of El Salvador has made an international call for assistance and aid targeted for the devastated areas of El Salvador. The San Pedro Lions Club heard that plea for help and embarked on a Salvador Relief Drive.

    On Saturday, Lion members were joined by the Salvadoran community in San Pedro, in an effort to collect as many canned good, clothing and monetary funds as were possible. Throughout the day and with the assistance of Miss San Pedro and Miss Comunidad Salvadorena, Salvador will be receiving items which are very much needed by their communities at this time. In monetary donations, through the assistance of a Radio-thon by the Reef Radio, $1,993.34 was collected.

    Some 37 villages and towns in El Salvador remain isolated by rockslides and debris left behind by the hurricane, which killed some 140 people. Dozens of Salvadorans remain unaccounted for as searchers look through rubble and devastated homes. Through the generosity of the San Pedro community, Salvador will receive some much needed supplies next week.

    Transportation for the goods to Belize City was kindly donated by Varela’s. President of the San Pedro Lions Club Melanie Paz stated, “We are a service organization and we assist people who need help. As such, we came together to offer a little bit of comfort to the people of El Salvador. Thank you to everyone who generously gave from their hearts.”
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