Chicago’s Ecuadorian community organizing earthquake relief effort

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CHICAGO -- The Ecuadorian Consulate General in Chicago is organizing a meeting for those who want to help victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Ecuador over the weekend.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., they’ll host a meeting at the annex for the Ecuadorian Consulate, in the 3300 block of W. Lawrence Ave. in Chicago.

At that meeting the community here will decide what they can do to help -- that’s donating money, food or water to help the victims of this massive earthquake.

The Census Bureau says Chicago is home to about 30,000 Ecuadorians, but the Consulate says it is really closer to 80,000.

For anyone having trouble locating or trying to contact anyone in Ecuador, a hotline has been set up:  844-668-4543.

Consul General Carlos Lenin Housse is urging anyone who wants to donate cash or other supplies for earthquake victims to beware of scams and impostors trying to take advantage of the situation.