Local Businessman Seeking Donations For Chile Quake Victims
Patricio Mendoza is making a last-minute push for public donations to fill a 40-foot container with clothing and bedding for victims of last monthâ€™s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile.
Donations of clothing, bedding or cash can be made at Mendozaâ€™s business, EC Computer, located at 22311 Marine View Dr. in Des Moines.
With the deadline for making donations for the earthquake relief effort fast approaching â€“ the cut-off date is this Friday, April 2 â€“ Mendoza said the container is 25 feet full.
â€œWe still need 15 feet of clothes,â€ he added. â€œI hope that this week, Holy Week, with Good Friday as the final day for donations, people will find this an appropriate time to give to Chilean earthquake victims in need.
â€œWeâ€™re collecting clothes here. Please, just bring them on in.â€
Needed are winter clothes for men, women, boys, girls, and infants and toddlers that are in â€œgood condition.â€ But â€œno shoes, and underclothes have to be new only.â€
Cash donations will be spent in Chile to buy roofing materials and nets for commercial fishermen.
The container, which is located in north Seattle, has been donated by Seattle-based Westward Seafoods. On Saturday, Mendoza and others will box the donated clothing and put it back in the container, which will ship on Monday.
A 20-day voyage will deliver it to Talcahuano, a port city in the â€œâ€™Zero Zoneâ€™ where the biggest damage was done,â€ he said.
When the container arrives in Chile, Mendoza will be there to receive it, thanks to a donation from Public Access Channel 77 for his airfare.
While there, he will get to see his father Humbetor and talk to him for the first time since the earthquake. â€œOther family members have seen him and heâ€™s fine,â€ Mendoza said. â€œBut his phone doesnâ€™t work and I still havenâ€™t talked to him.â€
Mendoza noted that he is the only individual or organization in this area â€œto have permission from the Chilean consulate in San Francisco to ask for money and donationsâ€ for earthquake relief.