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Angels for Mexico

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Angels for Mexico is a non-profit foundation which supports the efforts of emergency services in Mexico.

It was started in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2007 and has since sent down over $4,000,000 worth of surplus equipment and gear from other emergency service departments in Canada and the United States.

The conditions that the emergency service workers in Mexico face each day - lack of appropriate gear and training - surprises most of their Brothers and Sisters in North America.

Therefore, the response to our work had been extremely positive and it continues to grow as people become aware of the reality of the firefighters (bomberos) who are trying to save lives in Mexico.

What we have been able to provide thus far has changed the ability of the brave emergency services workers (bomberos) to do their jobs in Mexico, but a great deal more is still needed.

About Angels for Mexico

Christena Callaghan

Hi. My name is Christena Callaghan and I am the President and Founder of Angels for Mexico. I started the Foundation when I learned of the dire need of emergency services - primarily the fire department (Bomberos) in Mexico.

This journey has been very divinely guided and I could not have done without the support of amazing family and friends. Two of the most important people that have been on this journey with me from the beginning are my beautiful, loving and joyful children - Caity and Mitch. They never once questioned that what their Mother was trying to do was impossible.

Through this journey, I have been humbled by the generosity of people here and those in Mexico - they have nothing but would give you their last peso. I look forward to where Angels for Mexico goes from here and invite you to join us!

Lee John "Big Daddy" May

Working as an employee for the Utilities and Environmental Protection Division for the City of Calgary, I believe I understand service. I take great pride in the work I do being involved with the Water Treatment Department and understand the need of having the right tools and training for the job.

Whenever I am at work or playing with the music group "Big Daddy & the Water Rats", I always realize that it is the small acts of co-operation, respect and kindness that will guarantee amazing results. I have been blessed with this task of taking part in the support of the emergency service worker of Mexico.

I always refer to the story of "a beach that have had a million starfish washed upon it and a lone man strolling picking one up and throwing it back to the ocean when someone said you can't make a difference there are too many. The man smiled, picked up a single starfish, threw back into the ocean and said "I have made a difference to that one." Enjoy each day and may the sunshine on you often.

Rande Mergerenn

I retired from the Calgary Fire Department as a Captain in 2007 after 28 years. I was living in Puerto Vallarta in 2008 when I noticed an article in an English language newspaper about Angels for Mexico. I was excited to be able to help out in a community that had given me so many good times.

Since that time, I've been fortunate to be involved in a home building trip as well as a playground trip. Both trips were very rewarding and I'm looking forward to the next playground which we hope can be built in 2012.



Mel Densham

My name is Mel Densham. I have been involved with Angels for Mexico over three years as a board member contributing ideas, gathering fundraising items for auctions, sharing in the efforts involved regarding fundraising functions and generally communicating the many successful endeavors Angels for Mexico has achieved so far.

I discovered Angels for Mexico during a massage session with Christena Callaghan (a registered therapist) and the president of this worthy cause. I had mentioned to her that I was winding down my working career and wasn't sure what to get involved in. Well that raised a flag and Christena suggested I come on board to help her charity. I am so glad I did as the results of the efforts of her team have been exceptionally well appreciated and recognized. I was raised in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, moved to Calgary Alberta in 1975.

Fortunately for me, shortly after, I married Audrey and both of us have raised two great boys, Ryan and Chris. During my working life as a professional retailer, I enjoyed success as a senior manager and buyer with 2 National Department Stores, held District Management positions with several national and regional chain stores and also spent 6 years as owner operator of a small group of ladies fashion stores. Currently I hold a sales and marketing position with a National advertising company.

Harriet Tanaka

I got to know the world of fire fighters many years ago when I married a Calgary firefighter. I retired a few years ago and wanted to get more involved in volunteer work. I started off volunteering at a couple of marathon races. Then helped out at the SPCA whenever I went home for a visit. In Feb of 09, I was invited to attend a fundraiser for Angels for Mexico.

When introduced to Christena, I could feel and see the passion she has for this charity. Oct 2009, while on a mission trip to Puerto Vallarta to build a couple homes for fire fighters, I got to see first hand the used fire fighting equipment that had been shipped from Calgary being put to good use.

I volunteered at the Angels for Mexico fundraisers the next couple years and was part of two more trips to Puerto Vallarta to build two playgrounds and haul down more fire fighting gear in 2011. I became a board member in 2011.

How You Can Help Angels for Mexico

All funds donated or raised for Angels for Mexico are used for the expenses of the Foundation. There are no salaries paid to any Board members. We are a registered charity with Revenue Canada (#832376156RR0001) and will issue a tax receipt for all donations.

If you would like to donate to Angels for Mexico, you can send a cheque or money order to:

Angels for Mexico
107 Sierra Morena Circle SW
Calgary Alberta T3H 2X1

Angels for Mexico will gratefully accept donations in the form of new and used firefighting and EMS equipment.

Most urgently needed items and Wish List direct from the Puerto Vallarta Fire Department (Bomberos de Puerto Vallarta)

• Fire hose adapters 1 1/2" with coupling
• Fire hose with coupling
• Fire safety helmets
• Hydraulic tools for rescue in vehicles (life savers when collision occurs)
• Hazardous materials equipment (personal protection and monitoring equipment)
• Rescue equipment for collapsed structures
• First aid kits
• Urban rescue vehicles
• Rappelling gear
• Fire extinguishers
• Breathing apparatus - c-pacs
• Firefighter boots
• Firefighter gloves
• Firefighter coats
• Firefighter pants
• Water tank for 20,000 liter capacity (to suction during incident)

Last updated: October 14, 2019 · Charity ID: 905

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Old Calgary Playground is Made New Again in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

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Calgary Playgrounds Given New Lives in Vallarta


As the charity’s latest mission, Callaghan plans to take a group of two dozen Calgarians to an area just outside of Puerto Vallarta in late September to re-assemble a playground that used to stand at Monsignor Neville Anderson School.

Calgary Playground Comes to Puerto Vallarta from Angels for Mexico

Calgary Herald-Vancouver Sun-CBC

Christina Callaghan organized the teardown as part of her non-profit group Angels for Mexico. The organization focuses on improving the quality of life for people in Mexico.

Passionate Canadian Expands Focus of Angels for Mexico

Calgary Herald

Volunteers from Angels for Mexico have deconstructed a used playground at Monsignor Neville Anderson School in Calgary. The equipment is to be taken this fall to an impoverished area in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico.

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Mexican Fire Departments Suffer Worst Deficiencies in Latin America

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At Least 30 Injured in Explosion of Stolen Fuel in Southern Mexico


At least 30 people have been wounded after a fuel tank exploded in the southern Mexico's state of Tabasco, local media reported on Wednesday. According to Milenio newspaper, those injured were trying to steal the fuel.

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107 Sierra Morena Circle SW
Calgary Alberta T3H 2X1

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