Bundle up! More Low Temperatures Will Hit San Miguel
By Jesús Aguado
Authorities have advised that more than 55 cold fronts have been predicted for the winter season 2014-2015. The cold fronts started on September 20 and will end on May 15 next year. Felipe Cohen, director of the local Civic Protection Department, said that so far, nine cold fronts have impacted San Miguel. Eight more cold fronts are expected in January and seven in February.
According to Cohen, the lowest temperature registered in the upper area of the city has been 3ºC; the temperature has been the same for those rural communities located on the border with Queréraro (Puerta del Aire, Charco Azul); Juventino Rosas (San José de los Allende, Viejo and Nuevo Cimatario); and others near San José Iturbide and San Luis de la Paz. Cohen also recalled that the lowest temperature in the last 30 years was -13°C in 2009.
The Suetertón, an Opportunity to Help
Currently there are more than 30,000 people who need warm clothing. The Municipal DIF (Department for Family’s Integral Development), the med, and the Association of Restaurants and Hotels have gathered to launch the annual Suetertón campaign.
Because of the weather conditions in rural communities and some neighborhoods, Pepé Báez launched the Suetertón social program spontaneously 13 years ago while he was conducting his show at the local TV station. The program continues to collect warm clothing, such as sweaters, jackets, scarves, gloves, and blankets, as well as clothes in general, to be handed out to impoverished children, young people, adults, and the elderly.
Last year, more than 10 thousand families benefited from the Suetertón, and this year the organizers want more people to benefit. Like last year, the DIF, the med, and various associations are calling for Sanmiguelenses to donate all the warm clothes they do not need. La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25, will be a collection center, as well as the Civic Protection Department at the city hall, and DIF on Antonio Abad at the corner of Insurgentes.
Felipe Cohen said that anybody who has clothes and is unable to take them to the collection center can call 066, and a vehicle from that department will pick up the donation. Handing out warm clothing and blankets has already begun and will continue until the donations end.