Suetertón calls for a warm hug

By Jesús Aguado

The weather predictions states that the temperature will continue decreasing, and in some rural communities—the furthermost from the urban area—this season could bring temperatures of -4 Celsius degrees. For that reason, the local authorities and the media have launched an invitation to the general public to donate warm clothes for some of the 30,000 children, elderly and adults most in need in more than 60 communities.

Felipe Cohen, director of the Civil Protection Department in San Miguel de Allende, told Atención that according to the weather predictions, the lowest temperature in the urban area will be 4 Celsius degrees, and in the rural communities located in the upper as well as in the lower area of the municipality, it could be 0 Celsius degrees or lower. According to Cohen, in these communities there are more than 30,000 people who will experience a cold winter if they do not receive warm clothing on time. Although the weather changes according to the atmospheric conditions, more than 30 cold fronts have been predicted, this will end by the end of March, 2014.

This year, the handing over of donated warm clothing will start soon, depending on the volume of collected clothing. Although all kind of clothes can be donated, the organizers of the Suetertón 2013 recommend the donation of: gloves, scarves, sweaters, coats, caps and blankets.

The clothing will be received in the municipal DIF, located on San Antonio Abad at the corner with Insurgentes, the Mexican Red Cross on Libramiento Manuel Zavala Zavala, Canal 3 on salida a Celaya, the Civil Protection Department located in the City Hall building and in Imagen on Plaza Real del Conde. For more information call 152-0910.

In 2012, according to Pepe Baez, representative of the Association of Press Freedom in San Miguel, more than 12,000 pieces were collected. That year, when the campaign was presented, Mayor Mauricio Trejo donated his salary for the purchasing of clothes. The pieces were handed over by personnel of the municipal DIF in 27 communities such as Los Toriles, Tierra Blanca and el Cimatario. Ana Páula Dávalos, director of the DIF noted that it was a very important event because thanks to the cooperation of Sanmiguelenses many families were helped.

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