(Photo: Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic)
The Rio Grande Valley of Texas has been the portal for tens of thousands of children who have ventured to the U.S.-Mexico border over several months, most fleeing extreme poverty and unimaginable violence in Central American countries. People have different views about the situation; some being very outspoken either protesting and citing immigration laws, others in defense of the kids and urging a speedy immigration reform to help.
All politics aside, when this beautiful country stops being compassionate, we will lose the greatness that we’ve been known for. It is crucial that the U.S. response to the border crisis be both generous and humane.
Regardless of any political views, here are ways you can help the children that have traveled for days, walked hundreds of miles and have suffered so much just to get here. Nothing goes unnoticed by God, He will bless you for giving.
Become a Partner
Get involved with the Border Kid’s Relief Project. Discover several ways to get involved including leading a donation collection team in your local area, and helping spread the word. The Orphaned Earring is proudly partnering with this effort, stay tuned for more details.
Sign a Petition
We Belong Together petition – Tell President Obama that children and families don’t belong in detention.
I Stand With The Border Children petition – Recognize these #borderchildren as refugees because they are fleeing violence and political instability.
Catholic Charities of Dallas is looking for Spanish-speakers to conduct interviews with children. Contact volunteer coordinator Eileen O’Malley at email@example.com.
The League of United Latin American Citizens is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers to tutor, mentor and help with recreational activities once the children arrive. Those interested can sign up here.
Catholic Charities is also looking for volunteer attorneys. Contact Eileen O’Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas are training attorneys to help represent children in immigration cases. Those who are interested can sign up here.
American Bar Association is looking for pro bono attorneys for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), contact them here.
Clothing and other goods
Visit The Border Kids Relief Project for a full list and locations of where to help.
Catholic Charities of Dallas is asking for Target and Walmart gift cards in $25 increments. These will be used to buy clothes for the kids. Gift cards can be sent or delivered to Mary Jo Dorn at the Catholic Charities offices, 9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128, Dallas TX 75243.
Catholic Charities is also asking for toiletries, pajamas, rosaries, Bibles, prayer books and picture books — in Spanish, if possible. These can be dropped off at 9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128.
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is seeking specific clothing and food items for its border locations. Details on what’s needed and where items can be donated are here.
First United Methodist Church of Dallas is accepting donations of Pedialyte, newborn Nido powdered formula, and children’s underwear. The church is at 1928 Ross Ave. in downtown Dallas. Donations should be brought to the reception desk at the San Jacinto Street entrance.
Other Critical Items Needed TX, NM, CA area:
New Tennis Shoes: Women sizes 5 to 8.5 New Tennis Shoes: Children sizes 2-12 New Women’s Cotton Underwear (sizes 5 and under) New Children’s Cotton Underwear Baby Toiletries (infant to toddler) Toiletries Disposable Diapers Baby Wipes Nido Baby Formula/Powered Milk Hygiene Products (sanitary napkins, no tampons) Small Towels Children’s Blankets Small Backpacks Easy Open Snacks Easy Open Juices Rebozos (baby sling/wraps) Reading Glasses
Become A Foster Parent/Family
International Education Services of Texas is providing emergency shelters and long-term care facilities for immigrant children, and helping place children with foster families. Contact them here.
Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service is working diligently with government and service partners to care for Central American children and families fleeing to the US for refuge. Learn about becoming a foster parent for immigrant youth. Connect with a LIRS partner site or make an inquiry here.
Catholic Charities of Dallas will use donations to cover legal fees for representation of the children. Donations can be made online here or dropped off at the office, 9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128, Dallas TX 75243.
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is accepting donations online here and by mail, in care of Finance & Accounting, Baptist General Convention of Texas, 333 N. Washington Ave., Dallas TX 75246. Checks should be made payable to “Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery,” with the memo notation, “For the Children Fund.”
First United Methodist Church in Dallas is taking donations at its website.