The general director of the organization anticipates that the volume of aid will increase, because the deadline to donate is February 14.
The Cancun Red Cross has collected, in two days, around five tons of different supplies as part of humanitarian aid, which will be sent to alleviate the situation due to the effects of the earthquakes that occurred in Turkey.
Amilcar Galaviz, general director of the Red Cross in Cancun, commented that they have received different supplies ranging from food to medical supplies and other items to support the population affected by this tragedy.
“We have a good response from the people. We are starting to pack. I still don’t have an exact number of tons, but I estimate that we have about four or five tons, because there were many lightweight items.”
He pointed out that in the first two days, all kinds of supplies have been collected, from food and medicine, with products ranging from tents, sanitary napkins, milk, diapers and baby wipes, among other products to alleviate the needs of those affected and rescuers.
The interviewee commented that given the amount of help they have been receiving, personnel from the Cancun Red Cross, together with some volunteers, have begun to separate, classify, weigh, and pack the collected products.
He considered that in the next few days the volume of aid will increase, especially since they will receive the donated supplies at the facilities of the Cancun International Airport, which will take these products to the Red Cross, because their offices cannot cope with so much material collected, which will increase the work required.
Amilcar Galaviz highlighted that the Cancun Red Cross is the only one in the country that carries out this work, since it is the Mexican city with the most connectivity with Turkey, for which the Turkish Airlines requested support.
“We are the only Red Cross in the country that has a collection center, because Cancun has 14 direct flights every day, and the airline will not charge for the transfer of what is collected.”
He recalled that although the collection day at the facilities of the Red Cross in Cancun will end next Tuesday, February 14, at 8 pm, the transfer of the material to the areas affected by the earthquakes in Turkey will take a few more days, but the work will finish next week.