Hurricane Dean smashed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in August 2007, pummeling the region with 165 mph winds and dumping torrential rain. The storm caused massive flooding, leaving 70 percent of the state of Tabasco under water. Richard Hotes and the Hotes Foundation immediately launched into action, assisting thousands of flood victims. More than 30 volunteers flew to Villahermosa and distributed locally sourced supplies to citizens of Banderas, Centemoc and Federal.

The Hotes Foundation distributed 42,000 diapers, 9,540 liters of milk, thousands of gallons of water and 14,000 cans of tuna to those in need. Additionally, 2,000 tents were distributed and assembled to provide protection against disease-carrying mosquitoes. Almost as impressive as the assistance offered was the fact that the foundation made its contribution on the fly, with no advance planning. The team’s efforts likely saved countless lives, and they further cemented Richard’s belief that there is no substitute for Hotes Foundation volunteers on the ground after a natural disaster strikes.

For more information on this mission or to learn how to volunteer with the Hotes Foundation, please call (425) 889-5917 or complete our online form.

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