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Locals scramble to help Guatemalans after Fuego volcano erupts

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 12, 2018

People here in the valley are scrambling to help others recovering from tragedy. A deadly volcanic eruption in Guatemala leaves more than a hundred people dead, about 200 still missing.

Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, burying entire villages in an avalanche of hot ash.

Raquel Cruz-Juarez used to live in the village, miles away from Fuego volcano.

"I was super scared because in our home, I can see those volcanoes. We have three active volcanoes surrounding us and I've seen that volcano erupt before."

Her family's okay. And in an effort to help those who were greatly affected by the disaster, Raquel raised more than $3,000 which she sent to her family in Guatemala. Her parents used those funds to start their own relief efforts.

"There was no water at some of these stores so they had to go to other areas to get some water and some more materials. They've been constantly going back and forth to the affected areas to give that aid."

At Bomb Tacos near Durango and Spring Mountain, crews are getting ready for Wednesday's all-day fundraiser.

The owner, Robert Solano, is from Guatemala.

"It's so important. Just after seeing the videos, seeing the people and see how their suffering I mean. We can actually do something to help out," says Solano.

Fuego's eruption is one of the most tragic natural disasters in Guatemala in more than 40 years. 

It will take time to rebuild affected areas and locals tell me they'll do whatever they can to help.

"We've gone through other catastrophes in the past earthquakes and hurricanes and things like that. But this has actually been something that I think has brought most of the Guatemalan community together," says Solano.

Bomb Tacos' fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 13. All proceeds will go to the Helping Guatemalan Volcano Victim's fund.