Staff members of Anderson & Kriger, a La Mesa-based law firm, volunteered their time on Saturday, April 24 by delivering two car loads of supplies and about $1,750 in contributions to El Centro and Calexico to help survivors of the Easter Sunday earthquake.
“We found out that going across the border with supplies is a bit of a challenge, but there are plenty of opportunities to provide help on this side of the border," senior partner Clayton Anderson said.“There are thousands of residents of Calexico who were driven from their homes, many of them children, and they are struggling to get back to normal. Donations and supplies are still needed, and we may focus primarily on providing transportation of supplies being gathered in San Diego as part of the earthquake relief effort."
Brad Schuber, an associate attorney in the La Mesa office, joined Anderson and his wife, Mary J., along ith East San Diego county political activist and Congressional candidate Ray Lutz, in the initial hour and a half drive to El Centro. Pastor Ron Griffen of The First United Methodist Church of El Centro, told volunteerse of the damage in his community and the need for supplies on both sides of the border. His church suffered minor damage while houses in the area slipped off their foundations and chimneys fell over. Some members of his church own farms south of Mexicali and they described the destruction to roads and buildings which made driving difficult. More than 30,000 people have been displaced.
“Pastor Griffen said many poor people in his community are in great need and will not be helped by the government,” a press release issued by Anderson & Kriger stated. “Thus they are setting up a $1 Million fund to help earthquake victims--and our contributions were the first to be made.”
Anderson & Kriger volunteers were directed to Neighborhood House, a Methodist organization in Calexico, where they met withi Father Filipe who coordinates relief efforts in Mexico and supervises about 50 small churches between Mexicali and San Felipe. After unloading supplies of water, clothes, canned goods, hygiene and other supplies, the volunteers drove by the hotel where 117 older residents had to leave due to quake damage.
For information on how to help with the firm's quake relief efforts, visit www.a-k.com or call (619)589-8800.