Boyeros and their oxen will take to the streets for donations

Donations of money, food and clothing are being sought by Costa Rican agencies to help those who suffered during this week’s flooding. And residents of the community where the fatal landslide took place are bringing out oxen and carts to make collections.

The Acosta-Lourdes- Aserrí area also had its share of slides, and some houses were filled with dirt, rock and rubble. Photo: A.M. Costa Rica/Saray Ramírez Vindas

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that the law provides that all aid, national and international, should pass through its accounts. The commission listed accounts at Banco de Costa Rica, 118281-1 for dollars and 91100-3 for colons. It also listed its account at Banco Nacional: 911-8 in colons.

The Cruz Roja is the traditional distributor of food during emergencies. It said it would accept non-perishable food items, including canned products, personal hygiene articles like soap, toilet paper and diapers. It also said that donors could deposit money for this purpose at Banco de Costa Rica (204-6 dollars and 176003-3 colons) and Banco Nacional ( 68666-7 dollars and 100100-7 colons).
Most Cruz Roja local facilities will accept items.

In Jacó Daystar Properties is coordinating for local officials to collect needed items. The firm said it seeks mainly non-perishable food and water. Also clothes, diapers, toilet paper, bath towel, personal hygiene items, toothpaste, toothbrush, blankets, among others. Donations can be delivered in the Daystar Properties offices 50 meters southeast from Municipality of Garabito. More information is available at the municipal police (2643-1213), the Garabito Chamber of Commerce (2643-2853) or Daystar (2643-1290).

In San Antonio de Escazú where a slide early Thursday killed whole families, the neighbors organized under the Las Fuerzas Vivas will pass through the community and the canton of Escazú Sunday accepting donations, They will be using oxcarts because the community is the spiritual home of the oxcart driver, the boyero, and even contains a monument to the tradition. They will be seeking clothing and foodstuffs. They expect to conclude at the Catholic church in San Antonio about 11 a.m.

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