New Red Cross Building on Boulevard de la Conspiración
By Jesús Aguado
The Red Cross closed its 2015 collection campaign exceeding the donations of previous years. They have announced the construction of a new service building on boulevard de la Conspiración.
Leticia Fernández, president of the Red Cross in San Miguel, said that the Red Cross’ collection would have closed on May 3, but the national Red Cross asked them to extend the collection until May 30, to conclude in parallel with their campaign. Thanks to that and to the donations of the sanmiguelenses, the collection went from 320,000 pesos to 420,927.86 pesos. That money, remarked Fenández, will go straight to the Emergencies Department. That is the department most in need, due to fuel and surgical material expenses. Every service they provide costs from 1,000 to 1,200 pesos.
Fernández commented that the collected amount was thanks to the great service that they have been providing to the population, and for that reason they want to build a new module on the corner of Las Américas avenue and boulevard de la Conspiración in order to provide faster emergency service to the neighborhoods in that area.
She said that the new construction will be modest and will have a small dormitory, office, and small kitchen, and there will be two paramedics on duty. If there is an emergency and they have to leave, two more paramedics will come from the Libramiento Manuel Zavala to the new module to cover for any other emergency. However, that construction will take time, because the city council donated the land, but the Red Cross does not yet have the legal documents.
The president of the institution commented that they have a program called “Adopt a Paramedic” so they can have more paramedics on guard. If someone wants to join the program all they have to do is donate 200 pesos monthly, charged to their credit card.
Fernández also commented that the passion of the volunteers at the Red Cross is bigger than the lack of comfort they have from the mattresses in the dormitories. The Red Cross needs 14 individual mattresses.
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