News from Around Banderas Bay | July 2009
|Hugging Our Vallarta Close... Volunteers Get Busy and Break Records!|
Tracy Parks - pvrpvblog.blogspot.com
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July 30, 2009
I left Puerto Vallarta on April 14, 2009 for a three month return to the states. Beaches had been packed full of Semana Santa vacationers and a fairly good high season was winding down.
Most everyone was happy that the recession in the states hadn't taken too big of a bite out of the economy in Vallarta. There were problems at the border with narcotics violence that was having some effect on perceptions of other parts of Mexico, but for the most part, people were still visiting and enjoying Puerto Vallarta with gusto.
Then, it hit: Swine Flu (or the fear of it.) Literally the day after I left the news broke, it seemed. Soon, most of the tourist trade was ordered shut down as safety precautions were taken. Schools were closed. Cruise ships stopped coming. Puerto Vallarta was very quiet.
Much has returned to normal in PV, but families and business owners are still feeling the effects of that period. Many are not back to work. Tourism is still suffering.
Things are looking better each day, but there is still a huge need for the outpouring of donations and volunteerism that I witnessed and photographed on Tuesday, July 28 at the packaging party for the food drive now underway at PVRPV's offices.
Sixty-five wonderful friends of Vallarta stepped inside PVRPV's offices and what we shared is hard to describe, but it felt much like a sweat-lodge spiritual bonding. When we stepped out of the sweat lodge less than an hour later, we knew we had taken part in something very important and necessary.
The feeling was awesome! We had completed 865 bags in forty minutes! The amount of work that had gone into getting us to that moment was mind boggling and we all hugged ourselves a bit for the accomplishment.
The spirits are high in this town and friends are coming from near and far to take part in making sure everyone gets through it. It will really make you fall in love with this place if you hadn't already. It sure made me aware of how many great people we have in this town.
To learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Summer Food Drive click HERE, or check out the fabulous PVRPV Blog for food drive updates and other interesting articles about the Banderas Bay area.
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