Dear Cruz Roja Primo Tapia Members:
When I assumed the position of President of the Board of Cruz Roja Primo Tapia in January 2020, little did I know that a short 2 ½ months later, the world would be experiencing this pandemic. On March 15th, we closed the Thrift Store in Primo Tapia and it remained closed for 6 months. Only as of September 8th have we been able to re-open, and now, only for two days a week. As you may know, the revenue from the Thrift Store is a substantial part of all the income we make for Cruz Roja. Indeed, we have lost over $27,000 in revenue these past 6 months.
We are very grateful that Cruz Roja Rosarito has maintained the ambulance service in Primo Tapia these months even though we have not been able to keep up our part of the agreement in paying for it. We are also very grateful for all the support from the expat community here in the greater Primo Tapia community. Since re-opening the store, we are getting back on track in supporting the ambulance service. Thank you for your support also in renewing your memberships. This is very important, not only for Cruz Roja, but for you in case you are every faced with an emergency and need an ambulance.
This has been a very challenging time to say the least for Cruz Roja. The paramedics are trained very well of course. However, just as in the United States, our essential workers, especially our ambulance drivers, paramedics, and hospital workers are put at great risk every day. Even though early on, the Government of Mexico took over the response to COVID-19, there are times that the ambulance is called to a home where the patient may not know they have the virus but they actually do. The La Mision Rotary Club purchased an isolation capsule for Cruz Roja Primo Tapia. This is utilized in the ambulance in such cases. Thank you, La Mision Rotary!
We realize there are so many great causes that we are all supporting in our beautiful Baja. Thank you for making Cruz Roja Primo Tapia one of them. Please consider also helping as a volunteer as your time will allow. We are always in need of new volunteers and new board members. Once it is safe to do so, we will also be resuming our annual events. Stay tuned for that information. For now, just stay safe and healthy. Wear masks. Stay socially distant. Keep up your healthy immune system.
President, Cruz Roja Primo Tapia