Ecuador Earthquake: Ximena Duque Encourages Everyone To Donate For Natural Disaster Victims

Ximena Duque
Actress Ximena Duque attends Telemundo's Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on October 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Ximena Duque, as is the rest of the world, is torn with the unexpected earthquake that left over 230 dead and thousands severely injured in Ecuador Saturday night. The Colombian actress stands in solidarity with her Ecuadorian fans and friends to help bring the nation hope and happiness during these tough times. That's why, Duque is encouraging everyone on social media to help donate for the victims affected by this devastating natural disaster. 

"Friends, I'm helping collect donations for our brothers and sisters in Ecuador," she stated across all of her social media platforms. "If you have the opportunity to even donate a bottle of water, please do so, they need us," she emphasized. 

To get the ball rolling, the Telemundo actress, who will soon make her English-language crossover on NBCs "Days Of Our Lives," is expected to join a local beauty salon in Miami, where she will be collecting donations. Those in the area, can attend the event held as of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 18 at 210 North East 18th street in D&D Salón.

Ecuador Earthquake Debris is pictured after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, at Tarqui neighborhood in Manta April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

Some of the things Duque is encouraging everyone to donate include: nonperishable food, clothing in good condition, bottles of water and sports drinks, mattresses, tents, and hygiene essentials. The Ecuador consulate in Miami is in charge of sending the donations to the South American country on behalf of the Ecuadorian community, and other communities, in South Florida.

On April 16, Ecuador was shaken by a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake, leaving a death toll of 235 dead (which is expected to rise) and at least 1,500 injured. Reports say the effects of the quake, which shook the central coast, could be felt in the capital, Quito, and into parts of Peru and Colombia. While Ecuador is known for having high-magnitude earthquakes, this has been the strongest for the nation since 1979.

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Jessica Lucia Roiz

Jessica L. Roiz is a Miami-based bilingual journalist of Nicaraguan descent. In addition to Latin Times, she's published in VOXXI, The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald, The Latin Kitchen and more. With over 10-years experience in digital media, she's nothing but passionate and creative with her work. When she's not writing or editing videos, she can be found listening to rock en Español, dancing bachata, reading Paulo Coelho, missing Selena Quintanilla or relaxing in Nicaragua. She's also the founder of ALoNica con la Roiz and PulsoPOP