By Analiz González
(SAN CARLOS, Texas) — Shell Exploration and Production donated $25,000 on Aug. 15 to Buckner International’s Hurricane relief efforts in the Rio Grande Valley.
“This donation will help purchase materials to repair and reconstruct the homes of people who don’t qualify for FEMA,” said Jorge Zapata, director of the Buckner International colonia program. “Thank you Shell, this will be a blessing to the community.
In 1997, Shell Exploration & Production collaborated with Buckner in the creation of Shareable Wearables.
Shareable Wearables collects donations of new or gently-warn clothing for children in the Valley who would otherwise start the school year in torn, stained, or ill-fitting clothes.
Although Shell is no longer a co-collaborator of Shareable Wearables, Buckner continues to benefit from its donations.
“Every year we make donations to different groups,” said Tomas Hinojosa, Shell operations superintendent in the Rio Grande Valley. “This year, we wanted to give something in addition, to help with the hurricane recovery.
“We’ve helped Buckner over the years because they target the needy and the funds go where they are most needed.”
Laura Treviño, associate director for the lower Rio Grande Region for the College of Architecture Center for Housing and Urban Development Colonias Program said that at the time of the conference, there was still some flooding.
“It’s still swampy,” she said. “You have some people who have gotten sick; there is a lot of debris and septic tank overflow. There are also a lot of people getting denials from FEMA.”
She added that collaborations between Shell and Buckner have always been strong and said thanks on behalf of the community.
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