Supporting Cruz Roja Cozumel from the USA
Friends of Cruz Roja Cozumel
We are tourists, vacation-home owners, divers, cruisers and ex-pats united by a desire support
the warm and hospitable people who make this island so wonderful.
|Friends of Cruz Roja Cozumel
c/o Deborah Bollag
90 Fenimore Rd.
New Rochelle, NY 10804 USA
We had a first hand look at the Cruz Roja
operation while we were in Coz two weeks
ago. We brought down some light bulbs
for the ambulances that Deb had sent us.
We also brought tubes of zinc oxide and
a number of other items that I had gotten
from my sister who works in a hospital
here in Connecticut.
We were given a tour of the facility by
Carlos. It was quite an eye opener. We
take so much for granted here in the
States. They have three very old
ambulances that respond to emergencies
for FREE. The zinc oxide that is
requested might sound odd to us but they
use it for everything! A salve for all
The operation there works on a
shoestring budget and ANY and ALL
donations are greatly appreciated. Next
time you are in Cozumel make Cruz Roja
one of your stops...you won't regret it.
Diane & Harry, Fairfield, CT USA
Xroja's staff unpacks supplies donated by Chad Tharan &
Peri Miller from Flagstaff, AZ. From left: Chad, Diana
Castillo, Cruz Roja Past-President Jose de la Fuente, Peri
and Rescue Coordinator, Roberto Alcocer.
Dr. Donna Ivey, pictured with Diana, visits
Coz once or twice a year and always
donates useful and hard-to-get items.
From left: Bill Crowley of the Christian Divers of
Texas presents medical supplies purchased with
donations from his friends and neighbors in Archer
City to Laura Rodriguez and Jose.
Mark Lindsey has a vacation condo at Na Hah and brings
us goodies many times a year. Many thanks, Mark!
On another trip to Coz, Mark returns with
cervical collars for the ambulances.
|Denise Lindsey helps deliver the large shipment.
While her cruiseship is in port, North Carolina Spanish
student Victoria Spearman meets with Diana to donate
supplies and to learn about volunteer opportunities for her
high school Senior Project.
The long & the short of it! Tomthetreeman offered
his help at the start of this project and brings in the
heavy stuff on each of his frequent trips to Coz.
Trip Advisor's Coz Forum member
Bonefixrr, AKA Chris Owen, is an
orthopedic nurse and our man of the
hour. He donated supplies from his
office when we really needed them.
Doesn't get better than that!
Dr. Bob Gardner (second from right) with family and friends
making the most of their time in Cozumel.
Back home in Califonia, Dr. Bob collects all kinds of excess
hospital supplies and helps with needed sutures and syringes....
Chuck & Sonia Moneypenny
(above) and Randy and
Nancy Tollefson (right) from
Colorado, delivered two
suitcases full of supplies to
Due to the closet-sized
office, the only place to put
the 100 nebulizer masks was
on the floor! An amazing
job by these great folks --
and Nancy got the Red
Light at customs -- a few
seconds of worry but she
So what's with the
big guy and the little
That's Ian from
Canada. He and his
SO Kat brought
down toys for some
of Cozumel's kids
who don't get
Christmas. The Cruz
humanitarian aid to
and many Friends
help by bringing
personal items for
Glada Blench, pictured here with the
Director, Dr. Dagoberto Rodriguez, is a
diver who (almost) calls Cozumel her
second home. She stopped by recently
with a nice donation of supplies. Gracias!