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An Organization Offers People A Chance To “Rent” Destroyed Buildings In Mexico As A Form Of Donation To Rebuilding Costs

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People in Mexico City are still cleaning up the destruction caused by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook central and southern Mexico on Sept. 19. As the debris is being cleared, residents are getting a better picture of the damage throughout the city. More than 300 people have died as a result of the earthquake. Thousands are homeless.

Edgar “Fader” Elorza and Angel “Cheche” Rodriguez, two creative directors from Anonimo, an ad agency in Mexico City, are raising money in a unique way to help those who no longer have a place to call home.

CREDIT: Edgar Elorza / Facebook

The two creative directors from the Mexico City ad agency Anonimo decided to take a different approach to raising money, according to AdAge. They created Arriba México, a website that looks and feels like a rental/hotel booking company (think Airbnb). But instead of booking a room to stay in, you click on a property and send a donation to help rebuilding efforts.

CREDIT: Arriba México

When you enter the site, you see eight different properties that are available for “rent,” including a listing price per night. The properties are mainly in Roma and Condesa, two hip Mexico City neighborhoods that were hit hard by the earthquake. The site also includes properties in Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos, and Chiapas. People who visit the website can choose a property and “book” as many nights as they wish. Rather than actually staying at those properties, the site visitor will give that money as a donation to help rebuild Mexico City.

According to AdAge, the funds raised will initially be used to create tent shelters that are safe and effective. The tents will be able to house up to five people, giving families who have lost their homes a place to sleep while relief efforts in the city continue. According to the Arriba México website, the temporary shelters given to those left homeless from the earthquake will include beds, lamps, pantry, kitchen kit, stove and water filters. The New York Times reported that more than 60 buildings collapsed or were severely damaged as a result of the earthquake, including residential apartment buildings.

CREDIT: Arriba México

All of the funds are being donated to Comité de Ayuda a Desastres y Emergencias Nacionales (CADENA), an organization that specializes in helping those affected by natural disasters in Mexico.

The creators of the fundraising initiative are hoping to get Airbnb onboard with the mission. According to AdAge, Anonimo has reached out to Airbnb asking them to get involved. At the time of this article, Arriba México has raised USD $16,230.70/MXN $295,590.00.

They’re also are hoping to use it to help other people affected by natural disasters, like Puerto Rico.

“One thing we love about it is that it is an idea that can become global,” Raul Cardos, the founder and president of Anonimo, told AdAge about the fundraising campaign.

READ: Here’s Where You Can Donate To Those Affected By The Earthquakes In Mexico And Hurricanes In Puerto Rico

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This Nurse From Las Vegas Was On A Plane On Her Way To 'The Ellen Show' On The Same Night That The Mass Shooting Took Place

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This Nurse From Las Vegas Was On A Plane On Her Way To ‘The Ellen Show’ On The Same Night That The Mass Shooting Took Place


“It sucks that it takes something like this for people to have the courage to go do something good for other people.”

Two weeks ago, Ellen DeGeneres took a trip to Las Vegas and stopped by a casino to surprise whoever was playing on the official “Ellen” slot machine. Ellen ran into Zully Hernandez, a Las Vegas resident, who was trying her luck on the slot machine.

After meeting Hernandez and falling in love with her personality, Ellen invited Hernandez to be an audience member at a taping of her show in California. After she arrived to California this past Sunday, Hernandez was awoken by a phone call from a friend that night. “They’re calling nurses to come in. There’s a code triage,” learned Hernandez as she was informed about the mass shooting that had taken place in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Hernandez wouldn’t be able to help that night.

During the taping of her show, Ellen invited Hernandez onto the stage and asked her how people can help those who have been affected by the attack in Las Vegas. Hernandez said, “We need blood desperately.” Hernandez added, “It sucks that it takes something like this for people to have the courage to go do something good for other people.” She says she wishes people could help each other like this every day.

After Ellen asked about Hernandez’s family, she explained to Ellen that her son is attending college in Florida, while her husband is working a construction job in northern California. She said that other members of her family are living in Puerto Rico, including a cousin in Puerto Rico who hasn’t been able to receive the money they have sent to them. In response, Ellen reassured Hernandez, “We’ll make sure we know who your cousin is because Ricky Martin is there now and we sent someone with him and we’re taking care of a lot of things right now.”

Ellen then surprised her with two familiar faces: her son and her husband. Hernandez broke down in tears of joy as they made their way onto the stage and thanked Ellen for the huge and heartwarming surprise. Despite all of the horrific things that have occurred across the world in such a short period of time, Ellen reminds us that there is lots of good in this world.

READ: Here’s What You Can Do If You’re Feeling Helpless Over The Las Vegas Shooting

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