Tonita sits and talks with one of the volunteers.

Deadly Earthquake Widows Elderly Woman

Tonita hugs one of the volunteers after a deadly earthquake took her husband and home.

MEXICO – Tonita not only lost her home when a deadly earthquake struck—she also lost her husband. The elderly woman suddenly found herself alone and homeless.

Operation Blessing immediately responded to the earthquake by providing food, water, and temporary shelters for victims. But when OB Mexico team members met Tonita, it was clear she was someone in need of something special.

OB Mexico began building homes for victims of the Mexico earthquake, and Tonita’s home was one of the first. She now has a new home with a bedroom, bathroom, living area, and a special kitchen.

Tonita sits and talks with one of the volunteers.

“She’s over 70 years old. She’s always cooked outside,” Scott Hill, director of special projects for Operation Blessing in Latin America, said. “She didn’t want a kitchen inside, so we did something special for her.”

Tonita will have an outdoor kitchen to allow her to keep cooking for her family the same way she has all these years.

In a second her life changed forever, but earthquake victims like Tonita are finding help and hope as Operation Blessing provides food, water, and, now, a new home to make new memories.


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