DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, watching footage of the devastation and rescue efforts has been difficult for people in the U.S. who have family or friends in the quake zone.
Some of those concerned individuals took action in downtown Los Angeles, where the Council of Mexican Federations in North America gathered in hopes of raising as much money as possible.
"I can see totally all the needs that they are having right now," COFEM President Miguel Perez said of those in Mexico affected by the quake, "and I urge all the organizations here in Los Angeles to help them, as we are going to do."
COFEM has set a goal of raising at least $25,000.
Perez said COFEM's responsibility as a binational organization is to help people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
"We are here and hopefully all the people will follow, and do the same, because there's people in need there (in Mexico), they're really desperate," he said. "We'll do the best we can to help the most vulnerable people, especially kids."
The nonprofit organization has created a YouCaring page as part of the fundraiser. You can donate here: Youcaring.com/porMexico.
Members of COFEM plan to deliver the funds and aid within the next week or so.