SEA 2018 Fellow's Clarisse Baca grassroots support for Mexico

Incoming SEA Fellow Clarisse Baca is thousands of miles from her home country.

However, she's determined to help those impacted by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday near Mexico City.

After seeing the devastating pictures of children being pulled from the rubble, Baca started fundraising in Sacramento for victims and first responders.

"Sacramento is a great community that whenever somebody needs help they’re always there," Baca, who moved to Sacramento from Mexico roughly 10 years ago to attend Sac State, said. "In the first two hours, I collected $1,000."

Baca asks every person who donates to take a photo with a sign she made that says, "Sacramento, California with Mexico."

One of those people pictured with the sign: Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

"I teach him tennis," Baca explained. "I sent him a quick text. 'I'm doing this, would you like to contribute?' And he was like 'hell yeah.'"