An 8.0 earthquke has struck the south coast of Peru Wednesday night. For those of you who know my connection with Peru and VIDA, you will be thinking "what can I do to help". VIDA is working quickly with the US Government, Peruvian government and Americares to air drop medical relief supplies into Pisco, 90 miles south of Lima.

As the death toll mounts, the injured is threefold, and both hospitals in Pisco were destroyed. The images you see on UNIVISION are heartbreaking. VIDA – based in Emeryville is taking donations of medcal supplies, medical equipment, blankets, sheets and tents. NO clothes. Materials will go directly to stricken areas where doctors/nurses are setting up makeshift emergency rooms.

Financial support is needed to transport the 40′ containers. VIDA is accepting checks and online donations. Any amount will help. I have been volunteering with VIDA for 12 years with many wonderful trips to Peru. The people need your help now. $25 as a gift is invalueable.

VIDA is a non-profit organization that provides a dual service to both Latin America and the San Francisco Bay Area by collecting surplus medical supplies and equipment from Bay Area health institutions, diverting them from environment-polluting landfills and shipping them to Latin American hospitals and clinics that rely on such donations for the provision of basic health care.

VIDA delivers swift relief to victims of natural disasters, facilitates medical training and assistance and creates projects that improve health standards in impoverished communities in Latin America.