Woman gets help shipping Peruvian aid donations
SILT – The one flaw in Cecilia Wunderlich’s plan to send supplies to aid Peru earthquake victims was underestimating the generosity from the area.Wunderlich received nearly 60 boxes of clothing, bedding, hygiene products, some canned goods, baby clothes, diapers and other medical supplies to aid the victims of the 8.0 earthquake that devastated much of her home country of Peru.That was a little more than she expected to receive.”We had people coming from Aspen to Battlement Mesa and even from Vail,” Wunderlich said. “And the items were all good.”However, everything happened so fast that she didn’t have much time to think about the cost of shipping all the boxes to Peru. She hadn’t asked for any money donations, just goods and products. She did receive a couple of money donations from a couple of local companies but not enough to cover the entire shipping costs.”It was going to be expensive,” Wunderlich said.She contacted organizations like the Red Cross to see if they could assist her in shipping the supplies, to no avail.But when you do something for a good cause, if you just keep on trying, somehow things will work out. And they finally did for Wunderlich.Wunderlich contacted the Peruvian Embassy in Denver, and they put her in touch with Newmont Mining Corp. – the world’s largest gold producer, which has an office in Denver – to see if they could help a lone day-care provider from Silt accomplish her dream.To help her people in Peru.”She went to all the effort to help, and this is about helping, so we said that we would pay the shipping costs,” said Newmont spokesman Omar Jabara. Newmont also was collecting donations, starting with company employees, but things grew and grew. Over the past couple of weeks, organizations and individual donors from the Denver area dropped off more supplies than Newmont first anticipated, enough to fill a large semi-tractor trailer.”We were planning on sending one cargo container,” Jabara said. “But we had enough for a second and told her that we would hold that container until Tuesday so she could get her stuff here.”Mission accomplished.On Tuesday, Wunderlich packed up the boxes into a rented truck and headed east.”The second container was supposed to leave this morning,” Jabara said. “But it would have been a shame to have the stuff she’s collected not make it there.”Wunderlich took a moment to think about what she’d accomplished in the past seven days.”I never knew it was going to be so big,” Wunderlich said. “I have to thank all the people from the valley that donated all the items and my staff (from the day care) for helping me pack it all up.”After a moment of silence she spoke again about the help that she received from a company she had never heard of, and a man named Omar that she’s never met.”It’s a beautiful feeling that you cannot describe,” she said. “Finally, my dream has come true to help my people.”Mission accomplished.Contact John Gardner: email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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