Volunteers pack and send truckloads of supplies down to Mexico

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Two Green Bay locals mobilized dozens of volunteers to pack up truckloads of donations to send to Mexico after multiple earthquakes have rattled the country.

Many people stopped by a parking lot on East Mason Street in Green Bay on Friday and Saturday with cars full of donations, including personal hygiene products, clothing, water, and food.

At least 50 volunteers were there to organize, pack, and load the donations onto three trucks.

The donation drive was organized by a Green Bay couple, Yessenia Carlos and Saul Reyes. 

They wanted to make sure the donations went directly to those who are suffering from the aftermath of the earthquakes in Mexico.

"Basically we're gonna try to do it to their homes, not directly to the government, because we've been seeing that the government has been taking a lot of things from the people, and they don't really help us in a way, so we just want to help our people that are over there," Carlos said. "We know that there's not a lot of economy over there, people suffer, they don't have homes, they don't have food, and we want to make sure that our people from Mexico are living life okay."

Reyes' family and friends live in Mexico City, where a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday.

"My family is really affected right now, all my friends, all my people to be honest we feel bad about it, so I'm trying to make a difference," Reyes said. "You know, I was trying to donate money and all that, and I was like you know what, we gotta do something about it."

The 90 degree weather didn't stop the volunteers from working hard. 

"I'm really excited, I'm proud of this all these people helping me and I'm really appreciative of all of them," Reyes added.

Carlos and Reyes starting knocking on doors to ask for donations, but when that didn't work, they took their ambitions to Facebook, where the donation drive plans were shared to people in the community. 

"We thought that if everyone here gets united, it would be better, and it's been really nice, we've had so many volunteers and it makes us really proud to be you know, Mexicans," Carlos said.

The trucks are heading down to Chicago where the donations will be picked up by priests and volunteers who will take all the supplies down to Mexico. 


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