Raleigh man from Ecuador aims to help earthquake victims

Photo by Brianna Roach

RALEIGH, N.C. – There’s a small Ecuadorian community in the Triangle but Ecuador native Ricardo Roberts of Raleigh tries to instill Ecuadorian culture into his two children. Now he’s showing them what it means to reach out and help Ecuador, which was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has ravaged parts of the country.

“This is a really hard time for my country and living abroad makes our community and family feel powerless and extremely sad in this situation,” Roberts writes on a web page he set up to help his native country.

At least 525 people have died as a result of the earthquake while 107 are missing and more than 4,600 injured.

ricardorobertsRoberts is asking the public to donate various goods that will be collected and sent to victims through the Ecuador General Consulate Office in Atlanta.

Donations are being accepted at the offices of Myriad Media, where he is a partner, at 410 South Salisbury Street in Raleigh.

For more information, go to http://www.myriadmedia.net/category/latest-news.

Items that are most needed include:

– Baby or adult diapers
– Feminine products (pads)
– Baby wipes
– Non-perishable canned food
– Baby food & formula
– Toilet paper
– Toothpaste
– Bar soap
– Shampoo
– Light cotton blankets (new or used)
– Single or Double camping tents (new or used)
– Flashlights or LED lanterns
– AA or AAA batteries

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