Buckner International is sending aid to people affected by the eruption of Volcán del Fuego, which killed at least 62 people June 3 outside the Guatemalan capital.
Buckner serves Guatemala through Buckner Family Hope Centers, humanitarian aid, family reunification efforts, child safety consultation and foster care. None of the ministries, children or families served by Buckner was directly affected by the eruption.
Buckner Guatemala sent roughly 560,000 food rations donated by USAID, 2,160 pairs of TOMS shoes donated through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®, 1,200 pairs of socks, 250 pieces of clothing, 62 blankets and 80 mattresses to the area and continues to assess ways it can minister further.
The items are being distributed by the government's department of social works, Iglesia Casa de Dios and the Buckner Family Hope Center in Jocotenango.
“This situation is tragic,” said Steve Watson, Buckner director of International Humanitarian Aid. “We’re seeking to shine hope into this terrible situation in any way we can. We are asking the Buckner family to continue praying for the children and families affected by this disaster as well as our staff who are serving the hurting during this trying time.”
This story will be updated as new information comes available.