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Cruz Roja Chapala thankful for reciprocal first aid

Wednesday, June 24 – the date Mexico commemorates International Paramedics Day – turned out to be a red letter day for Cruz Roja Chapala (CRC) when volunteers with the FoodBank Lakeside arrived at midday to deliver despensas (food packages) to the clinic’s 47 staffers.

pg16With fundraising activities put on hold since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Mexico, CRC has been struggling to scrape up resources to cover payroll and operating expenses, which run in the neighborhood of 300,000 pesos monthly. The community’s primary first-response facility for health emergencies receives no regular government funding, relying on donations and recuperation fees for services rendered to keep the doors open.

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