Supplies collected locally headed to Venezuelan border ahead of Trump’s Miami visit – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A day before President Donald Trump meets with members of the Venezuelan community in South Florida, local volunteers are gathering boxes of food and supplies to be brought to the South American country’s border.
The organizers of the supply action, which took place on Sunday in a warehouse in northwest Miami-Dade, were impressed by the support. About 10,000 pounds of food and medicine are now en route to the Venezuelan-Colombian border as the country continues to plunge into chaos.
7News cameras captured dozens of volunteers packing groceries, medicines, and personal supplies in cardboard boxes as donations came in.
“You’re helping us, that’s very nice,” said one woman, wearing a baseball cap with the colors of the Venezuelan flag.
Volunteers quickly sorted and packed supplies before loading them into a trailer.
“It is incredible that the whole community is coming here to bring food and medicine to my country,” said one volunteer.
The supply offensive takes place as Venezuela delves deeper into political chaos amid a humanitarian crisis and struggle for power.
“We don’t even have access to the flu [medicine]For example, ”said the volunteer coordinator Leonardo Treci. “We have no medicine. If you can find drugs, they are too expensive. “
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has already refused humanitarian aid and ordered the military to block roads into the country.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Visited a staging area for the U.S. along that border on Sunday. He criticized Maduro’s actions.
“Feeding people has nothing to do with the military, and it is indeed a crime against humanity to refuse food and medicine to unarmed and innocent civilians,” said Rubio.
Back in South Florida, volunteers at the warehouse said they were looking forward to Monday’s event where Trump will speak to the Venezuelan-American community on the Florida International University campus in West Miami-Dade.
“We hope for more support and we hope for – we would like to hear from him that all this food comes to Venezuela,” said Treci.
Deliveries are expected to arrive at the border on Friday.
Trump is expected to speak at the FIU Ocean Bank Convocation Center shortly after 4 p.m.
He is expected to show his support for Interim President Juan Guaido, stress that the current path to democracy is irreversible, and let the military know that the United States is aware of its globally hidden money.
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