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Red Cross collection drive ends

By Jade Arroyo

The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) 2014 collection drive ended Sunday, April 27, and to celebrate and give thanks to the community a special event was held at Plaza La Luciérnaga starting at 11am with demonstrations of the various services the Cruz Roja performs, workshops and educational courses. The president of Cruz Roja, Leticia Fernández de Noyola, said, “The reason for today’s event is to show the community what we do, that it goes beyond emergency calls and ambulances; our services range from social services to volunteering, aquatic rescue, vehicle rescue, and assistance to homeless immigrants, among other things. We are here to help and make a difference.”

Activities began at 11am with the official inauguration; at 11:30am the boteo (passing of donation boxes) began. Following the collection, demonstrations and workshops were held. The department of Capacitaciones (Training) offered CPR workshops; Juventud (Youth Department) gave another on traffic education; Rescate (Rescue) staged a simulated vehicular accident, using a mannequin as the car crash victim; Aquatic Rescue gave a demonstration; Damas Voluntarias (Volunteer Ladies) talked about their activities; and Censo de Cuerdas (Rope Rescue) talked about what to do if a person falls over a cliff. Attendees also had the opportunity to examine ambulances.

The following day, the Red Cross reported that during the fund drive 228,775 pesos was raised, topping last year’s amount of approximately 140,000 pesos. The president shared this news with great excitement and pride and added that late donations also came in and they will be counted in the next couple of days.

Regarding the boteo, she said “In the city all the 120 collection boxes were carefully controlled. The boxes are opened in the presence of four witnesses who sign an agreement and then the money is taken to the bank.”

The Cruz Roja needs about150,000 pesos every two months to operate, and during the vacation season they need 150,000 to 200,000 pesos monthly. The president concluded by inviting everyone to become involved with the Cruz Roja and to take the first-aid training courses they offer.

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