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Champs de Rêves seasonal gardener safely back home with family in Mexico

PHOTO COURTESY ALEJANDRA MALDONADO St. Lazare resident, Alejandra Maldonado (third from left) is all smiles as she visits Mauricio Mendoza and his wife and five children now back together again in Mexico and rebuilding their lives with the continuing support of others here in our region.

Local migrant worker Mauricio Mendoza who - as reported in last week's issue of Your Local Journal - left St. Lazare to be reunited with his wife and five children following the destruction of their house during the recent earthquake, is back home safe and sound in Mexico.

Thanks in no small part to St. Lazare resident, also of Mexican origin, Alejandra Maldonado, who accompanied him on the flight down and who emailed YLJ an update on Tuesday, October 3, with the good news.

Said Alejandra,”While I could not accompany Mauricio from the airport to his town because of security reasons - there were stories of people stealing donations en route to where he lives - I arranged for a friend of mine, Arturo, to drive him directly to his home and take all the necessary precautions to keep him safe.”

Added Alejandra, who was staying in Mexico City, “A few days later, I got the opportunity to visit him and take him more stuff my own family had collected for him, his family, and even the town. He told me the reunion was filled with love. They were just so happy to see him. There were lots of tears, but lots of smiles as well. His family is so nice. They are so thankful for all the help they have received from people in St. Lazare and surrounding communities and they are smiling all day long.”

Should you wish to help the Mendoza family, go to www.gofundme.com/rebuild-mauricios-family-home or call Elaine Wright at (514) 831-2663.