We recently heard from our friends, family and associates that Nuevo León is experiencing a water crisis. 

The Nuevo León governor, state and municipality officials as well as all citizens are working to create strategies to obtain positive results.

Juan Olaguibel

Mayor Javier Villalobos, City Manager Roy Rodriguez and myself met and came up with an idea to lend a helping hand to our friends in Nuevo León during this time of crisis by asking the community to join us in donating bottled water. Our goal was to fill up an 18-wheeler full of cases of bottled waters in six days beginning July 1 thru July 6, 9am-1pm including the 4th of July.

What we experienced was something that we didn’t expect. An overwhelming support from everyone. People would donate one or two cases of water, some came in with truck loads. Business leaders rallied behind this project and donated pallets. There are many people and businesses to thank. I especially want to thank Mr. Hershal Patel who helped organize a very successful water drive and everyone in the hospitality industry. I want to thank all the members of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce as well as our friends from McAllen Economic Development Corporation. I would like to thank City of McAllen staff and the McAllen Convention Center for all of their help.

We ended up with two 18-wheelers filled with bottled water. Over 50 pallets of water were collected.  

In challenging times, It is important that we help with whatever we can. This is what we do.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Juan Olaguibel, superintendent of bridges for the City of McAllen. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service with the permission of the author. Olaguibel can be reached by email via: [email protected]

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