This week finds my laundry heading into day six on the line. It looks like I might have to concede and drop it off at a Laundromat to get rewashed and DRIED! Holy rain and humidity. But it is important to remember that if damp laundry is your only problem, you have a blessed life. The tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel are being called the worst storms in Mexico’s history. Over 100 people have died, whole villages are washed away, infrastructure has disintegrated and people are resorting to extremes just to save themselves and their families.
There are many, many agencies that are collecting funds, food and supplies. Take care to support legitimate organizations that will truly benefit the communities affected. Perhaps one of the best known with a secure international presence is the Red Cross (Cruz Roja). At the best of times, Mexico’s Cruz Roja operates on fumes and the financial toll these storms have left in their wake will affect everyone. On page 9 we have a great article supplied to us by Luis Melgoza that outlines how and where you can make donations to the millions of affected people.
In addition, it is important to remember that in major disasters like this many pets and farm animals become separated from their families. Agencies that help look after these animals are often overlooked for the more pressing need of human suffering. Understandable of course, but in our efforts to help please don’t forget about our furry friends.
A quick glance at weather.com tells me we have more grey days ahead but, for those of us on the ground, it is clear that the typical summer weather of afternoon showers is on its way back and as such, tourists should be tanned again on time and my laundry should be dry soon.