South Omaha group sending aid to Mexico

Posted at 11:23 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 00:26:57-04

As the search continues for victims of the earthquake in Mexico City, help is on it's way from Omaha.. 

A group of volunteers from South Omaha has come up with a mission of mercy in very short order.  
Reporter Maya Saenz on what's heading south of the border.

Since the earthquake rocked Mexico City two days ago, local Hispancs have been eager to find a way to help with quake relief efforts. So Thursday in a matter of a few hours, a team organized a donation collection drive to send items Friday morning. 

The group posted a request on social media for people to donate items for earthquake victims. They will go to Mexico as part of a volunteer search and rescue team and deliver items such as gauze, rubbing alcohol, bandages, construction gloves and medicine tablets. In just a few hours dozens answered the call and delivered boxes and bags of donations to Plaza Latina in South Omaha,

Organizer Christian Espinoza said "I went through the 1985 earthquake so I know how people are suffering and how people are also helping. When donations came, everyone cheered. It doesn't matter where they came from. So I know I can't do anything physically, and even if I went, maybe not that much physically, but at least we can send supplies to help those that are doing something in Mexico"

A relative of the organizers will meet the group at the airport and help transport the donations to two churches in Mexico City as well as an official donation site near Tacuba, which is on the north side of the city. 

The volunteers will fly out Friday morning with all the donations in boxes. The group reached out to Delta, which waived the packaging fees.