Quake aid to rally tonight at El Mexicano Newspaper

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A Fort Wayne newspaper publisher says Fort Wayne is generating a spontaneous outpouring of support for Mexico communities devastated by earthquakes.

That concern will translate to plans and tangible aid at 6 p.m. tonight, when the community gathers at the office of El Mexicano Newspaper, 2301 Fairfield Ave., Suite 102.

“Many local people — here in Fort Wayne — their families have been devastated,” said Fernando Zapari, editor and publisher of the newspaper.

Area residents including community leaders have been calling and visiting the office to explore ways to assist the stricken communities, he said.

According to news reports, an 8.2-magnitude quake off the coast of Chiapas on Sept. 7 killed at least 33 people. On Tuesday, a 7.1-magnitude quake with its center 100 miles southwest of Mexico City claimed at least 245 lives. Schoolchildren remained trapped in the rubble and many others remained missing as of today.

Zapari said media attention for the moment is focused on the capital city, but the latest quake also claimed lives and buildings in smaller communities.

People have asked Zapari how they can help. “That’s what we are going to discuss tonight,” he said. Money might be raised to buy supplies in Mexico, or goods might be gathered here. “Maybe a team will go, and anyone who is interesteed in going will have to pay their own transportation,” he said.

Inquiries or offers of aid can be directed to Zapari at (260) 456-6843 or f.zapari@hotmail.com.

Find links to Spanish-language accounts of the Mexico quakes at the newspaper’s website, www.elmexicanonews.com.