You Can Help Widows and Children in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Almost three weeks ago, an explosion killed at least 32 people and injured 100 more at a Mexican petro-chemical plant in the area where Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ serve the poor. Praise God, our Sisters are safe. Workers on the ground estimate that 50 people have died and more than 150 are severely injured.

"We fear the death toll is much higher, and the aftermath of the tragedy could crush these families," says Sister Jean Christianson, PHJC, provincial leader in Mexico. "The families in Coatzacoalcos are facing extreme poverty as it is."

You can directly help widows and suffering families by making a financial gift today. Click here to give now.

Many of the men killed and severely injured were the obreros, the laborers, in their family. They were hard-working providers. Now the mothers in our parishes are grieving, mourning and feeling afraid that they cannot make ends meet. They cannot provide basic food, shelter and clothing to their children.

"It is a terrible thing to worry about your husband," says Sister Jean "And on top of that to fear that you can't pay your hospital bills, pay your landlord, or register your child for school."

You can offer comfort and security. Click here to help with your gift.

Until May 31 we are asking for your generous gifts. We hope to raise $25,000. One-hundred percent (100%) of your contribution will be distributed directly to families in need.

Whatever you can afford to give—$5, $10, or $25—will convert into a generous sum of pesos.

Two Padres (parish priests) are very close to the distraught families. "We trust the Padres to give money directly to those families with the most need," says Sister Jean "for the best use."

Please help us raise $25,000 to care for the people in Coatzacoalcos. Click here to give now.

We pledge to provide a full report of how the funds are used this fall. Thank you for your consideration.

On April 20, 2016, the blast hit a state-owned petro-chemical manufacturing company, Pemex, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from our Sisters' convent in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. Learn more about the explosion here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-toll-rises-in-mexico-petrochemical-plant-blast/

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