Riviera Nayarit opens Collection Centers for Victims of Hurricane Willa
At Punta Mita we would like to thank all those who reached out to find out how we were during and after the pass of Hurricane Willa, we were blessed by mother nature and despite plenty of rain and strong winds no damages were reported. However Hurricane Willa hit the northern portion of the state of Nayarit causing heavy rains in the area, the San Pedro and Acaponeta rivers were running extraordinarily high deeply affecting the nearby towns. Some of these communities disappeared, others remain under water and many more are flooded with over 8 inches of mud, thousands of people have lost everything and are while they, the authorities and volunteers are working hard to clean the disaster left by this phenomenon, your support is greatly needed.
“This is the time for all of us to come together,” said Governor Antonio Echevarría García. “Our brothers and sisters need us; let us work together as a team to help them.”
A couple of Collection Centers have opened in the area, the first one is coordinated by the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) who have joined the collection efforts of the Nayarit State Government to help families in need after the heavy storms caused by Willa. It is located at Nuevo Vallarta and it is receiving basic supplies to be sent to victims. If you would like to donate and support the devastated communities, below is the list of items requested. Donations can be delivered at FIBBA offices, located on Paseo de los Cocoteros s/n, Nuevo Vallarta.
There is a request for donations from the community of the following items:
- Bottled water
- Clothing in good condition
- Cots and blankets
- Supplies for babies
- Cleaning supplies
- Personal hygiene supplies
- Pet food
Another Collection Center leaded by the Asociación de Empresarios de Puerto Vallarta y Bahía de Banderas has opened at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de Banderas in Nuevo Vallarta, this center will remain open for an indefinite period, receiving your donations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, the University has a 1 ton truck available to pick up in kind donations. This second collection center is focusing its efforts in supplies and equipment for the cleaning works, however all type of donations are welcome. If you would like to coordinate a donation pick up, please contact Alexandro Davutakis dialing (322) 107.1140. Below a list of the most needed items:
- Garbage bags
- Cleaning products and equipment
- Underwear for all ages
- Men clothing, mainly jeans and shorts
- Baby products
- Non-perishable foods
According to Nayarit Governor Antonio Echevarría, until this moment, four lives have been lost and more than 180,000 people have been affected. It is time to the thankful for Nature’s mercy on Punta Mita‘s area and to show solidarity with those in disgrace.