‘Mija, Yes you can‘, a local woman empowerment project donates $400 to a fund aimed at helping patients and their families who have been affected by COVID-19.
The ‘Mija, Yes you can’ project started back in March and, shortly after its launch, organizers teamed up with the Executive Director at UMC and El Paso Children’s Hospital, Estela Casas, to help raise money for the UMC Foundation of El Paso’s COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund.
“As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in the borderland so does the need for vital equipment to keep our healthcare heroes safe,” Casas shared.
Profits from ‘Mija, Yes you can’ t-shirt purchases were collected throughout the month of April, with over 100 shirts sold. Organizers of the project were able to raise $400, making this donation their biggest nonprofit donation since their creation in March.
“Thank you from the UMC Foundation for your donation to our COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund. Your generous donation is proof that Mijas, yes you can continue making a difference in our community,” Casas added.
The Compassionate Care Fund was created to meet the often urgent basic needs of UMC and the El Paso Children’s Hospital patients and their families.
Fund organizers say many patients might be financially limited and their budget can take a bigger hit when they experience a sudden illness or hospitalization. In order to assist families, patients in need are identified and referred to the fund by their social worker at either UMC or EPCH.
Back in March, the Mijas first donated $40 to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
According to organizers, “Mija, Yes you can” is a project aimed at telling the stories of women of all ages who have achieved great things through obstacles big or small.
“Because you never truly realize how much you can relate to others until you share your story with the world,” organizer Iris Lopez said.
“Our dream is to one day become our own non-profit organization that can provide scholarships for young women as well as older women who had to put their college education on hold but want to continue pursuing their dreams. For now, we are using our t-shirt profits to donate to local non-profit organizations that support women empowerment in our community or are in need during these difficult times.”