I was stitching some cats I plan to sell at a craft fair when my house started to shake up and down. At first, I didn’t understand what was going on. The cracking and shaking in my house were so heavy that all I could do was head outside as fast as I could and find a safe spot.
As I sat on the grass, I could feel the earth swaying under my butt. I could see my car rocking and I still had the noise of shaking cement and glass in my ears. I was terrified. As I did two weeks prior when a quake ripped me out of my bed close to midnight, I felt small again.
The last time the earth trembled like this was in 1999. Same as then, the news came in slowly because communications broke down. It was only after a few hours that the size of the devastation became clear.
In Puebla, 60 churches, 48 buildings, and 209 schools were damaged. 248 people have lost their lives so far in Mexico City and the states of Puebla, Morelos and the State of Mexico. Numbers are changing on a constant basis because people are still being pulled out of the rubble.
People need food, water, and other supplies to get by until everything goes back to a semi-normal state and rebuilding can begin.
I’ll be donating all proceeds from coloring pages sold in my Etsy store to the Mexican Red Cross and the Topos Rescue Brigade.
If you’d like to help the Mexican Red Cross directly, they’ve set up a Wish List on amazon.com.mx with all the supplies needed. You can also send donations through PayPal to the Topos Rescue Brigade with the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be eternally grateful if you decide to help.
Lots of love,