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Happy Birthday, Red Cross

Alma Lidia Bautista, Coordinadora de Damas Voluntarias

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By Jesús Aguado

On May 5, 1980, the city’s Red Cross chapter began operations with a small building on the road to Celaya and one ambulance.

After 39 years of service, this San Miguel de Allende chapter has become a state and national flagship of the Mexican Red Cross due to the quality of its services and also its equipment. It is the only Guanajuato chapter that has a substation.  It has 11 ambulances, all certified by the National Commission to Prevent Sanitary Risks, and two of them are critical care vehicles.

Last week, most of the volunteers from the organization gathered at the San Miguel headquarters on Libramiento Manuel Zavala to celebrate the chapter’s thirty-ninth birthday with an austere lunch that was nevertheless filled with laughter and friendship.

“We ought to take care of every cent that Sanmiguelenses donate to this institution,” chapter president Leticia Fernández told Atención. “We have to guarantee them emergency service.”

The organization has an annual operating budget of 260,000 pesos a month, which are funded by donations as well as the annual collection drive. In 2018, the organization attended to more than 6,500 emergencies in town.

This year, the collective drive’s “goal is high,” Fernández said. The organization wants to raise 800,000 pesos. “But with the help of Sanmiguelenses, we will reach it,” she said.

The drive, which began in April, will end May 30.

To reach its goal, the chapter has organized several fundraising events in concert with local businesses and prominent Sanmiguelenses. Table of Vero held a gala at the Casa del Diezmo restaurant, for example. City Attorney Verónica Agundis cooked a family recipe for 80 attendees as a thank-you for the services she received before she arrived at the hospital following a car accident.

Before May 30, the organization plans more fundraisers. The next will be a cocktail evening at Live Aqua Urban Resort. Tickets are available at cruzroja.sma@hotmail.com for a donation of 750 pesos.

 

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