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Katrina survivor donating to hurricane victims

Eddie Garcia
September 13, 2017 07:22 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Twelve years doesn't seem so long ago, according to Keith West. After all, how can anyone forget about living through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans?

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"Going through the hurricane is one thing, but the recovery after the hurricane is a lot harder," West said.

For weeks, West was surrounded by destruction as he tried to rebuild his life. Charities provided plenty of food and water, but survivors soon needed other necessities.

"You realize you've got mosquitoes, you've got dirt, you've got madness. It's just chaotic," he said.

West relocated to Albuquerque years ago and opened his skin care business called Clear Light, the Cedar Company. Now he and his crew are packing up toiletries, sunscreen and insect repellant.

"Local New Mexico cedar, our own proprietary blend that Keith has made up here," said Chris Wright, head chef for the Cedar Company.

Hundreds of care packs will go to both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims.

"For the month of September, we're also giving 20 percent to the American Red Cross," Wright said.

West said he believes in people before profit.

"It makes me feel really good to do it, and if I can help 100 people with a few necessities, it is more than worth it as a business owner," he said.

He's now challenging other New Mexico companies to follow suit.

"Send something that people can look forward to having at the end of their day when they've spent 12-14 hours digging through the remnants of their life," West said.

In the coming days, The Cedar Company will also collect feminine hygiene products to send Florida and Texas.

If you're interested in helping The Cedar Company with their effort, see the information below:

  • Clear Light, The Cedar Company: Accepting feminine hygiene donations for hurricane survivors through Saturday, Sept. 30. 
  • Drop donations off at:
    • 123 Broadway Blvd SE
    • Albuquerque, NM 87102 
  • Direct any questions to Facebook: @healthyperiodhealthyplanet 

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Eddie Garcia

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