Wednesday, September 3, 2014

From the Border

If you are looking to donate to shelters who are feeding and clothing migrants along the border, there's a big need for women's size seven shoes (that are comfy for travel) and bras for nursing mothers.

Sacred Heart Church
C/O Sister Norma
306 South 15th St.
McAllen, TX 78501

If you'd like a little more information, my good friend Natasha wrote this incredible account of her time in McAllen. She ended up volunteering, folding clothes, and feeding rather than interviewing people. If you can, take a minute to get to know Sister Norma, the selfless volunteers, and the families who made this dangerous journey.
“A lot of the women we met today,” Lucero tells me, “they will get sent home. And they may not see their kids for another ten years or ever again.” I don’t know why this has never occurred to me during my two days at the shelter.  For some reason I assumed that if a child got a visa so would the child’s mother. Some of these women have made this painful dangerous journey just to shepherd their children safely to the U.S., then they will go home.  
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/08/22/may-see-kids-letter-border/#comment-72134

(photo by Rick Loomis-Pool/Getty Images)
A migrant family is detained at an I.C.E. facility in McAllen after crossing illegally into the United States (Photo: Rick Loomis-Pool/Getty)

 A family arrives at McAllen Greyhound Station (Photo: John Moore/Getty)

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 8.42.09 AM Volunteers sort through donated clothes at the Sacred Heart Church. (Photo: Natasha Vargas-Cooper)

Thank you!!