Last night, when I got back home to Encinitas, I saw a couple of migrant workers limping along the 101 near D Street. The men looked pretty desperate, both had bags slung over their shoulders, both looked like they’d been close to fires pretty recently.

As I watched, the two men stood in a 7-Eleven parking lot and approached shoppers, asking for help or money for food. I heard one of them say in Spanish that he’d come from Ramona.

Well, I was just forwarded an e-mail about a group that is collecting items for displaced migrant workers and immigrants. The National Latino Research Center is collecting items for migrants and workers displaced by the fires in Pala/Pauma Valley, Rice Canyon, Rincon and Fallbrook, the e-mail said.

Here are some more details:

we ask that you join our efforts to ensure that nobody impacted by this disaster falls through rescue relief safety nets.  We plan on immediately coordinating collection of clothes, food, and bedding for affected families, as well as aid in efforts to secure housing for families who have had their homes destroyed.   

Farmworker Families affected most likely won’t receive aid that other insured San Diego residents do, so it is up to us to provide support as they begin recover from this horrific tragedy.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Konane Martinez at (858) 603-3632.


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