Blankets for Chile

Kelli and Greg donate blanketsOn February 27 an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the nation of Chile and spawned a tsunami that devastated islands across the Pacific. Over 500 people were killed and 1.5 million were displaced while over 500,000 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. Roads, airports and seaports were shut down or reduced to rubble. The earthquake – named the 5th most powerful recorded since 1900 – moved the city of Concepción 10 feet to the west.

Twelve days later on March 11, three additional earthquakes hit the country, including a 7.2 magnitude aftershock, which was stronger than the January quake that destroyed Haiti’s capital. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado issued a statement saying that the Chileans could now expect to feel the aftershocks of the aftershock.

To make matters worse, winter is coming. The cold, rainy winters run from April through September in the southern region of Chile. Those who lost their homes and possessions are in need of the basic necessities that we often take for granted.

Special thanks to the people at Hubner Manufacturing in Mt. Pleasant, SC for shipping our donations to Chile.

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