Dozens of University of California students were in or near Mexico City when a 7.1 earthquake devastated the capital last week. After their initial shock, many took it upon themselves to raise money or buy supplies for victims.
Gemma Urena, a 22-year-old exchange student from UC Santa Cruz, says she and her roommates felt helpless after the quake.
“We were seeing a lot of organizations raising money, but we wanted to do something more proactive and see something more direct,” Urena said.
The group decided to ask friends and family back home in California to donate money to their Venmo accounts, which they used to buy medical supplies, baby formula and other aid for quake victims. In all, the three UC students received $1,200 -- most of it, they say, from Latinos living in California.