Jim Sánchez/ Gregorio Gutiérrez/ Conexión Del Rio  

DEL RIO – Esmeralda Meza is one busy Community Services Director, evident by the fact that she is in charge of the following departments: Nutrition Program, WIC Program, Transportation Department, Golf Course, Parks & Recreation Department, Civic Center, and the Paul Poag Theatre.

Meza, also the Donations Coordinator for the City of Del Rio, her schedule got even busier when Hurricane Harvey dramatically changed the lives of Texans across the state creating destruction to the point where Del Rioans like her got involved.

“Under Community Services I provide supervisory duties, coordinate work activities and program functions for all of the departments. Each department that I supervise has a department head.,” said Meza.

Conexión asked Director, Meza, how her department extended a helping hand to those families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“On Friday, September first, we opened the Joe Ramos Gym and provided shelter for families which consisted of 50 beds; plus 45 persons were fed, food vouchers and gift cards from such businesses as Chi-fil-A were given; shelter was closed due to registration with FEMA after Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, families were able to stay in Hotels with vouchers provided by FEMA. If they needed food or clothes, we referred them to the Bethel Center; also to the Health Department for medications,” she said.  We are also working with Del Rio parks foundation, Val Verde county and Chamber of commerce.”

Meza stated that a drive to collect clothes took place at the Del Rio Civic Center. 

“We gathered three truckloads ready to send to South of Houston, Aransas pass, Rockport & Calhoun County. They wanted us to focus on the smaller communities.”

Val Verde County donated one truck and Gentherm Incorporated donated the other trucks. Magico Logistics was the company that drove the trucks. 

If the community is interested in helping out, they can call Laura Gil Vasconcellos, President of the Del Rio Parks Foundation, at 612-850-5619. To volunteer, call 830-309-9212, or call 830-309-9215.