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Mexican Red Cross Answers Cross-Border Call for Assistance


The Mexican Red Cross sent ten volunteers at the request of the American Red Cross to help reach out to the Spanish speaking community in Southern California affected by the wildfires.

“We are thankful to the Mexican Red Cross for sending a delegation of outstanding volunteers to assist us in responding to the tragic Southern California fires,” said Cesar A. Aristeiguieta, M.D., FACEP, Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority and member of the American Red Cross Board of Governors. “The contribution being made by the Mexican Red Cross to the Southern California relief efforts is exemplary of the dedication of all the volunteers that form the world-wide Red Cross movement.”

The Mexican Red Cross volunteers are working as part of the American Red Cross shelter team to access the unmet needs of the Spanish speaking community. By working together, the Red Cross is helping to ensure that the most vulnerable receive the assistance they need in finding shelter, meals and a connection to other community services.

“This collaboration between the American Red Cross and the Mexican Red Cross demonstrates there are no borders when offering humanitarian assistance,” said Isaac Oxenhaut, National Disaster Relief Coordinator of the Mexican Red Cross. “When Hurricane Dean affected us in August, the American Red Cross was there to support our relief efforts. When the request came to help the people of Southern California, the Mexican Red Cross was happy to answer the call.”

This strategy worked successfully during the American Red Cross response to Hurricane Katrina and is an advantage of the American Red Cross being part of an international Movement that can call on the assistance of sister Red Cross societies around the world.


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