100 boxes full of food as a gesture of solidarity were prepared this week by Riteve volunteers, as part of the so-called "Solidarity Project .2" developed by the company Riteve and the Sociedad Socorro Mutuo.
It is an initiative to support officers who, in their daily duty, are forced to be in quarantine after having been in contact with a positive case of Covid-19 or who have even been infected. For these officers who are on sick leave, their home income has been affected.
"A few weeks ago, in what was the first part of the Solidarity Project, the Public Force supported the distribution of 750 bags of food for needy families across the country. Now, it is many of their officers and other law enforcement agencies who are in some kind of need so we decided, through our volunteer program, to make them see that we are with them and show them our gratitude for all the work they do on a daily basis," explained Jennifer Hidalgo, Assistant Manager of Communication and Social Responsibility at Riteve.
The Riteve company made the donation of essential foods that were packed and labeled with messages of gratitude from the volunteers of Force Riteve and the Sociedad Socorro Mutuo.
Socorro Mutuo is a non-profit society of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública with 35 years of foundation. The main purpose is to assist the officers of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública at times of need, for which it has different programs and projects for the social welfare of the union members.
"In one of the most solemn acts that exist such as solidarity, the Riteve company and the Sociedad Socorro Mutuo of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública have joined forces to help officers of the institution who have been affected by the pandemic caused by COVID-19. This public-private partnership is open to other companies who want to donate food packages to affected police." Olga Campos, Socorro Mutuo Administrator, explained.
It is estimated that in the last few months, at least 1,184 police officers have been affected in the line of duty, both by contagions and by quarantines related to the same matter.