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Old 08-23-2007   #31 (permalink)
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Sending Paypal now... hope it's not too late!

I applaud for your generosity, Tony, Cheri, Heather, and everybody else involved. Thanks for providing a way to let us help.
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Trying to log into Paypal from work. Doesn't seem to work for some reason. I can access the site but can't get to the log in page. I'll keep trying or will have to wait 'til I get home tonight. Thank you for helping us help.
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Just paypalled- thanks Tony and Cheri-it means so much to be able to do something for that area!
(And on a slightly different note, but this reminded me, just wanted to mention how much I loved that sweet thank you email from Mayte and Alex- it brought tears to my eyes.)
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Trying to log into Paypal from work. Doesn't seem to work for some reason. I can access the site but can't get to the log in page. I'll keep trying or will have to wait 'til I get home tonight. Thank you for helping us help.
perhaps there's a firewall preventing complete access to the site. if you're using firefox with script blocking ( red S at lower right ) make sure you've allowed paypal. Tj
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I sent some $$ too. Best wishes for all. Be safe!
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perhaps there's a firewall preventing complete access to the site. if you're using firefox with script blocking ( red S at lower right ) make sure you've allowed paypal. Tj
Wasn't a firewall issue, thanks Tj. Turned out it was glitch with my account that I needed to edit. Got it done. Thanks again!
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T&C you are quite amazing and generous people. I've seen you step up time and time again whenever there is a need, big or small. I hope Karma finds her way back to you.
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A few $$ from Canada coming your way. Thanx for what you're doing and allowing us to be part of it in a small way.
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Old 08-23-2007   #40 (permalink)
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We are also gathering stuff at "Il Baretto" restaurant, and have 3 trucks available to take evrything down personally to the villages, or what's left of them, that will be assigned to us by the Municipal authorities. This is the flyer we are spreading in Playa today:

Help need for the people affected by hurricane Dean


- Roofing material, cardboard, triplay, construction material
- Water, juice
- Non perishable food
- Medicines
- Clothes and shoes in good shape
- Blankets, matresses and pillows
- Diapers and baby products
- Powdered milk
- Utensiles, shovels, machetes…etc.
- Any other thing they might need

Things to be dropped off at:
Calle 28 between 5ta y 1ra avenida
Please call:
Riccardo 044/9841066044
Daniele 044/9841204707

Or go to" Il baretto" restaurant 5ta avenida corner calle 26
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At the hotel we just changed some mattresses so we are sending down 8 of the old ones. Any other hotel that may have changed linens, mattresses, pillows, towels and that can spare the old ones would help out a lot.
As Tony and Cheri are down today and I don't know if they're still collecting stuff at the Luna Blue, you can drop things off at the address above, and hopefully tonight after they come back they can tell us what is needed mostly. Although I guess everything. The pictures of Majahual in the Por esto today were awful.
I will update info as soon as the trucks go down.
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Just saw this thread and am happy to help. Wish I could be there in person to lend a hand.
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PayPal on its way. Thanks to Tony and Cheri for giving us a way to help.
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What a wonderful bunch of caring people in Playa to help. We just contributed to the cause.
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Daniel @ "Il Baretto" told me they'd go down to Mahahual to deliver the gathered stuff this Saturday (= 25th). So there is still time to bring stuff on Friday.

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We are also gathering stuff at "Il Baretto" restaurant, and have 3 trucks available to take evrything down personally to the villages, or what's left of them, that will be assigned to us by the Municipal authorities. This is the flyer we are spreading in Playa today:

Help need for the people affected by hurricane Dean


- Roofing material, cardboard, triplay, construction material
- Water, juice
- Non perishable food
- Medicines
- Clothes and shoes in good shape
- Blankets, matresses and pillows
- Diapers and baby products
- Powdered milk
- Utensiles, shovels, machetes…etc.
- Any other thing they might need

Things to be dropped off at:
Calle 28 between 5ta y 1ra avenida
Please call:
Riccardo 044/9841066044
Daniele 044/9841204707

Or go to" Il baretto" restaurant 5ta avenida corner calle 26
[/i]

At the hotel we just changed some mattresses so we are sending down 8 of the old ones. Any other hotel that may have changed linens, mattresses, pillows, towels and that can spare the old ones would help out a lot.
As Tony and Cheri are down today and I don't know if they're still collecting stuff at the Luna Blue, you can drop things off at the address above, and hopefully tonight after they come back they can tell us what is needed mostly. Although I guess everything. The pictures of Majahual in the Por esto today were awful.
I will update info as soon as the trucks go down.
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Tony, Cheri, Claudia and I have just now returned to Playa after a long and tiring day. In addition to the 4 of us, there were 6 or 7 other volunteers, and a total of 5 vehicles convoying down south to Majahual to bring the donated supplies we’d collected in the last day to give to those hit hardest by Hurricane Dean. This was not an official Red Cross visit; while Claudia volunteers for them, this was a mission from her heart arranged to immediately get supplies to those who most needed them. She will report her findings and photographs of the damage to the Red Cross tonight, who will hopefully be assisting with relief efforts very soon.

Since Majahual is such a long drive from us (I think it took us around 3 or so hours, maybe more), we didn’t see any hurricane damage for a long time, so I don’t think any of us were truly prepared for what we saw when we arrived. They could not have been hit harder. None of us had ever seen Majahual before, sadly, so we had nothing to compare to, but it wasn’t difficult to see that this town looks RADICALLY different from the way it looked just 3 days ago. The people there have lost everything. Their homes, their clothes, furniture, their businesses…everything.

Still, the town was a hive of activity. The Army was busy cleaning up trees and clearing the streets and all the locals buzzed around cleaning up debris and clearing the land. We set up “camp” in a couple of locations and started dividing up the donations we had, non-perishable food items, drinking water, clothing, candles, and more. Our plan was to get what we had to the people immediately, assess what else was needed, and return to Majahual this Saturday to bring more supplies.

Despite all of this incredible destruction, no one was sitting and weeping. No one was bitter or complaining. When the people of the town gathered around us to receive the donations, they were not grasping or taking more than they needed for a day or two. They carefully chose items of clothing and suggested to others around them items that would suit their needs. One man came to ask Cheri if he could please have one t-shirt, as he had been wearing the same one for 4 days. If I say any more about this right now, I’m going to cry and I have to get this finished tonight.

So much more is needed. We saw people filling up bottles of water from a stagnant swamp. We didn’t have enough supplies for everyone. Tomorrow, Tony and Cheri will use the money that has been donated to buy as many needed items as they can. Beans, rice, tortillas, water, etc.

Please, if you can give even one dollar to help, your generosity will be put to such good purpose. Every single penny of your donations will go DIRECTLY into the lives of the people of Majuhual and the surrounding villages. We are paying for ALL of our own expenses, including gasoline and our own food and water. There is absolutely NO overhead.

To donate money via paypal, go to www.paypal.com and click on the "send money" tab.

The paypal email account to use is:
helpthechicas@google.com
(We are using the same paypal account we used for Alex & Mayte's accident, since it's already set up).

We are going back to Majahual on Saturday with as many supplies and volunteers as we can get. If you have any donations, monetary or otherwise, please bring them to Luna Blue tomorrow, Friday, August 24 (Calle 26 between 5th and 10th avenues).

Needed items include:
- Roofing material, cardboard, triple, construction material
- Water, juice
- Non perishable food
- Medicines
- Clothes and shoes in good shape
- Blankets, mattresses and pillows
- Diapers and baby products
- Powdered milk
- Utensils, shovels, machetes…etc.

We were so lucky here in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya that we received no damage from this devastating storm, but my joy and relief is certainly tempered by the compassion I feel for the unfortunate areas that did.

I don’t think that I will ever be able to convey to you what I saw today or how it has moved me. I will leave the photographs to tell Majahual’s sad story (and these are just a handful of the photographs, we will post more tomorrow).









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