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The Red Cross Calls Out for Help

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By Jesús Aguado

With the arrival of spring, it’s now the Mexican Red Cross of San Miguel de Allende’s turn to ask for help from the community it serves all year long.

From now until the first week of May, Red Cross volunteers wearing ID tags and official uniforms will appear on the streets of San Miguel, asking for donations.

The chapter’s annual fundraising drive, which hopes to raise 720,000 pesos this year, begins March 30.

The drive will remind Sanmiguelenses that they never know when they might need the Red Cross. In 2018, San Miguel’s chapter responded to 6,119 emergency calls from locals and visitors. Ninety-three percent of those services were free.

“The Red Cross does not discriminate based on race, religion, political preference, gender, or social status,” Chapter President Leticia Fernández said. “When emergency aid is required, the Red Cross arrives. For that reason, it is very important to have a strong institution that is prepared to help all those in need. This can only be possible with the help of donors who are conscious that the Red Cross needs help.”

A report the chapter gave to Atención states that 5,661 individuals were served in 2018. Of those individuals, 2,424 had injuries, and 3,237 were ill. The Red Cross made six difficult rescue efforts in the urban area and responded to 508 accidents. In addition, it served 54 individuals with heart problems. The Red Cross also received calls to intervene in 23 suicide attempts. Paramedics managed to save 14.

“Unfortunately, nine of them achieved their goal,” Fernández said.

Thanks to 150,000 pesos it receives monthly from the local government plus donations from local businesses and some philanthropists, the Red Cross currently has 11 ambulances certified by the Federal Commission for the Prevention of Health Risks—ambulances that can provide help in any kind of emergency. In addition, the chapter’s personnel are constantly in training, Fernández said.

In the report, Fernández praised San Miguel’s population, saying it is always very generous with the organization.

The organization works with a monthly budget of 296,000 pesos, she said. Apart from the 150,000 from the local government, the chapter funds the rest of that budget from the annual drive and from year-round donations.

To make donations directly, call 152 1616.

 

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