Sanmiguelenses Said Yes to the Red Cross
By Jesús Aguado
During the 2016 collection, 97 percent of the population supported the Red Cross because the organization has responded to their call.
Leticia Fernández, president of the civil organization commented that the end of the collection was celebrated during the 36th anniversary of the Red Cross. The collection surpassed the expectation. Last year’s total amount was 420 thousand pesos, and the goal this year was 430 thousand pesos. However, the total collection was 528,559.50 pesos, almost 25 percent more than the goal.
According to Leticia Fernández, the result was due to the good and opportune emergency service the population has received. That conclusion, she said, was extracted from a survey conducted by ladies volunteering at the Red Cross. What happened with the other three percent? “We need an extra emergency service so we can arrive on time to handle the emergencies of the three percent that did not donate,” assured Fernández. She also said that the Red Cross has many goals and is fulfilling them.
Although the collected amount is not enough to cover the expenses of the emergency area, it will go directly toward it. Fernández explained that the department needs 250,000 pesos monthly to operate, and this collection will be divided among 12 months. Now the organization has just 50 percent of the expenses. Fernández explained that the local administration donates 82,500 pesos monthly, and the rest of the money is obtained from the emergency training courses the Red Cross gives to companies and the general public.
The First Stone
In 2015 the Red Cross and the local administration announced the construction of the organization’s small building on the corner of avenida Las Américas and boulevard de la Conspiración. However, the Red Cross never received the legal documents. During the 36th anniversary celebration, Mayor Ricardo Villarreal handed over the documents to the council headed by Fernández. The new building to be constructed will offer faster service to the population of the upper area of San Miguel. Sometimes, said Fernández, it can take up to 30 minutes to get from the libramiento Manuel Zavala to the civil hospital because of the traffic. “We have the plot, but no money to construct the building. We do have possible donors, but nothing is certain right now. But I want to let Sanmiguelenses know that the year will not end before we put the first stone on that plot,” she remarked. Now she invites everybody to donate material for construction or some financial resources. For more information call 152 4225.