Salvation Army in Southern California Serving Earthquake-Rattled Communities
Aftershocks continue to rattle residents along the U.S.-Mexico border following Easter Sunday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake whose epicenter was located just outside of Mexicali. Some 20 million people from Tijuana to Los Angeles are said to have felt it.
The Salvation Army is diligently serving in the Calexico and El Centro areas, which were the hardest hit cities within the United States.
Vicky Esqueda, a captain with The Salvation Army in El Centro, says, “El Centro’s main street has a lot of structural damage with fallen brick, busted storefront windows, and garbage everywhere. The hospital set up a triage outside with numerous people coming in with broken bones.”
Her husband was injured during the earthquake. Jerry Esqueda, also a captain with The Salvation Army, injured his arm and knee when he fell during the disaster, but after he was treated at an emergency room, the Esquedas began helping other earthquake victims in El Centro.
“The corps has set up beds for those needing shelter and we are busy feeding and handing out water,” said Vicky.
The Salvation Army is sheltering and feeding at its Community Center in El Centro multiple families whose homes suffered damage from the quake. Thirty individuals were housed last night. Volunteers and staff are busy preparing meals in the center’s kitchen, which will be distributed along with bottled water, fruit and snacks by Salvation Army mobile kitchen units, known as canteens. The Salvation Army now has two emergency canteens in the El Centro and Calexico area, serving first responders as well as those affected by the earthquake.
Other workers and volunteers are helping with clean up as well as assessing damage to Salvation Army buildings and thrift stores.
Those who would like to help with relief efforts may send donations to:
The Salvation Army
(designate Baja/Imperial Earthquake)
PO Box 503580
San Diego, CA 92150-3580
Or CALL 1 866-455-4357
Or donate ONLINE at www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org