Temecula Valley Charter School Reaches Out To Mexico's Flood Victims

Student Donnie Gates helps load the seven trucks filled with supplies to Acapulco.  Photo/Courtesy
Student Donnie Gates helps load the seven trucks filled with supplies to Acapulco. Photo/Courtesy

With reports of over 100 persons dead and up to 40,000 persons missing or stranded, parent Silvia Backlund of Temecula Valley Charter School could not sit back and watch the news of the two storms that caused flooding in and around Acapulco. 

She knew of families at school that were waiting anxiously to hear about the fate of their family members living in that area. 

Backlund set about to find a way to support those in Mexico.  

Within a few hours, she found someone willing to drive a U-haul the 2,000 miles to bring clothing, canned goods, and other necessities. By 8 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013, she contacted social studies teacher Shane Zazula about enlisting help and support from the students and families of TVCS.  Zazula sent an email out to his students and within hours the entire school was notified and the outpouring of kindness began to arrive by 8 a.m .the next morning.  

By the end of school, seven truckloads of supplies were loaded into the U-haul and departed for Acapulco. 

Zazula explained, “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this shows how willing the families here at TVCS rally to support others. This has been truly amazing.” 

Zazula’s classes also wrote letters to the victims and their families as a way for the students to connect with others. --Contributed content.

Brenda September 22, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Great job all around families and teachers and all the way to Alcapulco is a feat unto itself.
SA September 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Why aren’t they helping Colorado’s flood victims?
GK Halverson September 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Some people do not know where priority is. We have thousands who have lost their homes in the US due to flooding. We have over 200 homeless living under our overpasses in our own valley.,I saw a white lady walk by a black man begging for food, not money and she just ignored him. "Wake up America"
Steve Newman September 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM
SA- read the line "family members" - they have nobody in Colorado, but they do have relatives in Acapulco. So they are trying to help their own-which should come first.
Brenda September 24, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I agree with you SA, GK, and Steve that is the way I understood it. They have family members and probably alot of friends there. But I completely agree that if you are living in the USA our governments and our allegance should always be to OUR OWN PEOPLE FIRST!! With 1 in 4 living under poverty level and 1 in 5 kids without enough food in the USA its pretty obvious we are in dire need ourselves and probably just as bad off as other countries. When our country is housed, fed, has jobs, medical, mental, abuse care then give to others. The amount of money our government has given away yearly for the last 20 years is billions upon billions and then you count the movie stars, famous singers, and other rich people sending all this money to other countries and its a travesty. Everyone who sends a penny to another country who lives in the USA and benefts from it, needs to go live in that country. If stars can raise, what was it in the end>? 5 million for Haiti or more? That then disappeared(like we all knew it would) then why cannot 5 million build low income homes for families that are legal US residents. We need the food, money, housing for OUR country. The farmers who dont grow anymore cause we are buying so much from other countries? Am I the only person in the world who says "Take care of the USA First before you start giving to others". Its ok to go down to Mexico on a church mission or a military mission and build some houses, or a church, small hospital, or school, to give some water and blankets, but NOT repair a whole darn country.!


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