Buckner International is sending aid to people in Guatemala affected by the eruption of Volcán del Fuego, which killed at least 62 people June 3 outside the capital city.
Buckner serves Guatemala through Buckner Family Hope Centers, humanitarian aid, family reunification efforts, child safety consultation and foster care. None of the ministries, children or families served by Buckner was directly affected by the eruption.
Buckner Guatemala sent about 560,000 food rations donated by USAID, 2,160 pairs of shoes donated through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, 1,200 pairs of socks, 250 items of clothing, 62 blankets and 80 mattresses to the area and continues to assess ways it can minister further.
The government’s department of social works, Iglesia Casa de Dios and the Buckner Family Hope Center in Jocotenango will distribute the donated supplies.
“This situation is tragic,” said Steve Watson, Buckner director of International Humanitarian Aid. “We’re seeking to shine hope into this terrible situation in any way we can.
“We are asking the Buckner family to continue praying for the children and families affected by this disaster, as well as our staff who are serving the hurting during this trying time.”