Tropical storms Gamma and hurricanes Delta and Zeta caused power outages, issues with delivery of food packages and compounded an already bad situation with Covid-19. Underwater photographer Todd Essick is raising money for food programs in Riviera Maya.
Todd Essick writes:
My name is Todd Essick and for the past six months, I have been working with Fathers Hubert Reiner and Patrick Butler preparing and delivering food packages and cooking and serving meals at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. In these six short months, we have managed to double the number of meals and food packages we are able to provide to the families of Riviera Maya. We have done this through the support of individuals for our GoFundMe efforts.
In the face of unprecedented events and untold suffering, we have endeavored to feed the hungry. Whether a hot bowl of chili macaroni or a food package with essentials to cook at home, we have been providing what we can, when we can, to those most in need. The need is now most dire in an area known as in Las Torres (The Towers). This is a community constructed beneath the power-lines and towers west of Playa Del Carmen. Despite our efforts, the children and the families of this impoverished area need more than what we are currently able to provide.
Over a month ago, our fundraising, which primarily was coming through Go Fund Me pages and promoted on Facebook, was blocked by Facebook, for still unexplained reasons.
Since then, we have almost used up all our donations from our supporters, we will have to suspend our feeding programs without your help very soon.
As many of you know, I have been working with Father Hubert Reiner and Father Patrick Butler to help those in need with two food programs here in Riviera Maya, Mexico for the last six months. Father Hubert Reiner and I have been providing food packages to families and with Father Patrick Butler I have been making chili macaroni every Wednesday for his daily soup kitchen.
Our fundraising problem with Facebook may be the same artificial intelligence issues that is blocking many small businesses and charities on Facebook at this time. We hope to be back up on our old social media soon, an attorney and supporter is working pro bono in an attempt to resolve the issues.
We are presently building on new and different social media platforms, but not having access to our established friends and supporters on social media could not have come at a worse time for us and the families we help. Please help pull us back to where we need to be to help families.
Please forward this email with the link to our go fund me page to your friends and ask them to watch the video and read the page and donate too, thank you