City Helps Employee Devastated by Fire

25 01 2013

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City Helps Family of Health Department Employee Devastated by Fire

On Friday afternoon, January 18, a fire tore through a home in Chaparral, New Mexico, leaving behind nothing more than ash and rubble. The family who lived there was left with little more than the clothes they were wearing. The family was that of City of El Paso Department of Public Health employee Santiago Varela. Luckily, his wife and grandchildren were able to escape the fire unharmed, but the Varela family is still left with the difficult task of starting over.

The Red Cross has provided temporary shelter for Varela and his family, but Santiago is now turning to his City of El Paso family for support.  It’s a city family he has been a part of for 25 years and where he currently serves the community as a Food Inspection Supervisor. Please keep the Varela family in your thoughts and prayers.

Financial donations can be sent to El Paso Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) with a note on the contribution that it is for the Varela Fire Relief Fund to P.O. Box 972236, El Paso, Tx, 79997-2236. Monetary contributions can also be made at any Wells Fargo bank location by depositing checks made out to “El Paso Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster” to account number: 1689506499. Any amount will be much appreciated. Thank you to our City leaders for making this possible.

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