Dear Strikers FC South Coast Family and Friends,
On behalf of our Board and our sister city of San Miguel de Allende, south of the border, I want to thank all of you who have donated goods for the victims of the September 19th earthquake. Friday, September 22nd, as I committed myself. I drove to Mexico City for the deliverance of your heartfelt donations. Needless to say, the drive was overwhelming and exhausting through a thunderstorm and a 7 hour trek. On the morning of September 23rd, I was awakened by my desire to fulfill my commitment and also by another earthquake. Lighter than the 19th´s, but no less alarming for an already reeling and terrified community. I texted my family to let them know I was okay and then proceeded to give the donated goods first in south Mexico City at a make shift victim camp. I also called upon my childhood friends who came running to help me get to the next phase of the deliverance of the goods, as donators were no longer allowed to drive further into the city with all the looters and thieves that were holding up donators at gun point.
I managed to get two ambulances with 7 seven paramedics, a 3.5 ton truck full of more goods, four civilian cars to further support with man power as now we would lead a convoy with other donators into what would be one of the epic centers of this deadly earthquake. We drove slowly up the mountain range and it villages from Mexico City to its high villages in Morelos and on to Puebla´s villages. The people were so grateful and so happy to see us. They blessed us and gave us corn tortillas with beans, a church gave us the use of their bathrooms and we kept going. Help for all of the victims is far from over. I don't know how much more I can personally do, but I am going to keep helping in anyway I can. Coming into Mexico City right now is chaotic and in many places very dangerous, as looting and thievery are definitely something to worry about. Not mention the danger of buildings collapsing at any time. People are suffering and it is terrible to see others taking advantage of this painful situation.
I call on all of you to pray for those in need and for those of us who are willing to risk our lives for others. Love one other, as you would love yourself. God Bless you,
Omar Cardenas, Photographer
Marissa Peña, President