Donate your unneeded warm clothing
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Suetertón is a campaign with a goal of collecting at least 15,000 sweaters that will be given out to children and the elderly in the rural communities that experience the lowest temperatures during the winter.
Winter officially begins on December 21 and will end on March 20, 2013, but temperatures have already begun dropping at night in the city and are even lower in the rural communities with higher altitudes. According to the director of Civil Protection, Felipe Cohen, the Mexican Meteorological Service has forecasted 40 cold fronts during the cold season, which started in September, and 30 more will affect San Miguel until April or May next year. To help people in vulnerable rural communities and neighborhoods in the city withstand the cold temperatures, the local administration along with the Asociación por la Libertad de Expresión (Association for Freedom of Expression) has launched the 2012 Suetertón Campaign to collect articles of warm clothing.
According to José Antonio Baez, president of the association, Suetertón is a citizens’ program that emerged spontaneously during a program on local TV cable channel 10 or 11 years ago. “When we were developing the program, the idea emerged and the participants immediately donated their scarves, jackets or sweaters,” he said, and since then this yearly campaign has been held.
During the presentation of the 2012 campaign, Mayor Trejo, who donated his salary for November (80,000 pesos) for purchasing warm clothing, explained that “once, due to an accident, I experienced the cold, and it feels like needles sticking in your skin. That is the feeling that people from rural communities without warm clothes have during the winter.” For that reason he invited the general population to support this noble cause by donating their sweaters if they are no longer needed, and also he said that it will help us “to sleep peacefully during Christmas, knowing that people in need will not face the winter cold.”
The collected sweaters, scarves, gloves, jackets or blankets will be distributed and handed out by the Civil Protection Department and the DIF (Integral Family Development Department), headed by Karla Ramírez, who commented that the women who volunteer for the DIF are already working with some public and private schools to collect the greatest quantity of sweaters possible.
Those interested in donating can take their used or new clothes to the offices of the newspaper Perfiles, located on Stirling Dickinson next to the Hotel Real de Minas. Warm clothing can also be donated at the DIF offices located on San Antonio Abad and at the city hall on Salida a Querétaro. For more information call 152-0910.