San Diegans come together to help Mexico following deadly quakes

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SAN DIEGO — Boxes full of supplies were assembled in Mission Bay Saturday, just hours after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake and 4.5 quake shook southern Mexico.

“I call my mom, my father, my sister, brothers and no one answered me, so I’m very scared about them,” said Heidy Flores after Tuesday’s deadly earthquake.

Alonso Moran also has family in Mexico and says donating is necessary and he hopes more will step up.

“I mean, we are right next to Mexico, especially being in San Diego County. I believe they should be getting the biggest help and support since we are so close to them,” Moran said.

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It’s been less than a week since the country was rattled with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City that killed at least 305 people across the region, including Morelos and Puebla where supplies gathered this weekend are being sent.

“These people need it now and there are still many small towns that need help and they haven’t got anything yet because the government is in a way stopping all that is coming because they want to manage everything,” said Gabriella Bojorquez, who organized the event with the organization Exatec Tijuana-San Diego.

She says on Tuesday they will drive the items across the border to their counterparts in Tijuana for proper distribution.

“We’ve been talking to people in Mexico and the things they need the most is food and medicine, and water especially water,”  said Moran.

About 200 boxes filled with bags of food and personal hygiene items for families of four will be delivered, along with sleeping, medicine and cleaning supplies.

“There’s a lot of people in need right now. If we can do something about it, we should do something about it,” said Moran.