Moo Duk Kwan Family needs our help... please consider getting involved.

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As many of you are very aware that several hurricanes have caused considerable destruction in Texas, Puerto Rico, the caribe  and Mexico.

Some of our members in Puerto Rico are in dire need of supplies.  The current status on the island is 100% of the population is without power.  An estimated 6 months before power and most telecommunications are reestablish in Puerto Rico.

I've been in contact with Master ClassReyes, the designee for the World Moo Duk Kwan in Puerto Rico.  And we have heard from others associated members in Puerto Rico, and I'm happy to say, no injuries, some have damages to their households, and others are struggling with day to day supplies.  Gas distribution has started in some areas, but with the major flooding many of the operational gas stations are not operating because the tanks have been contaminated.  Master ClassReyes says, there are 12 hour waits in line for $15.00 worth of gas.  Hopefully in the coming days, that will improve slowly, but he also said people are starting to behave negatively.

Here's what you can do if you wish to get involved.   Start thinking of non perishable supplies that can be properly shipped to those affected in Puerto Rico or Mexico or Texas.   Postal services are still not operational in Puerto Rico, but they have announced that operations may be possible in a few days.  That's good news if they start delivering packages.

Here's a short example of a list supplies you can send them:

Batteries, all sizes

candles

toothpaste

moist towelettes or wipes

diapers

canned baby food

regular canned food

fruit drinks in pouches

socks

portable folding propane stoves (single or double burners)

portable propane lamps

personal hygiene items (male and female)

first aid kits

tissue paper

tissues

paper towels

plastic folks and knives

napkins

portable water containers - camelbaks

Tylenol

 

Not sure of what else to send, think in terms of having to go on a camping trips for several months, what would you need to bring?  You can also go to a local camping outlet or store and ask a sales associate to suggest items for you.

Then think about packaging in terms of weight and box size that the postal office will be able to ship and deliver.

 

As soon as I am aware that deliveries are making it through, I will post the name and addresses of our MDK family in Puerto Rico in need of assistance.  You can take it from there.

Also if you wish to communicate with MDK family members in Puerto Rico I've establish a group on the Zello application, which you can download at zello.com  Search for the group World MDK family  (case sensitive) and contact the members you will be supporting with assistance.  Master Jim ClassReyes has a Zello ID of Jim Class, if you search for a zello name, use Jim Class.   He will be up on the net periodically because he has to use his generator only at certain times of the day.   Today he said that WIFI is up in his neighborhood periodically also, So if you can't reach, please try at another time.  Just from a morale perspective, I'm sure they will be happy to hear from you.  Some short conversation can continue to motivate them during these dire times and keep them motivated in the coming weeks or months.

If you cannot get involved, please consider donating to the many relief efforts underway through the American Red Cross.  Thank you for your support of our Moo Duk Kwan Families.

 

In Moo Do,

Roberto Bonefont, Sr.

Region 2

 

Roberto Bonefont

Roberto Bonefont

Began training in 1967 at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan on June 18, 1969.  Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued his original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on his petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn, Dan Bon 6037 and Mr. Vincent Nunno, Dan Bon 7291, were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.
Roberto Bonefont

Soo Bahk Do Institute